Monday, January 14, 2013

Carmela Soprano's Amaretti - Almond Macaroons (Cookies)

Everything in moderation.
Including moderation.
After the holidays a meal just isn't a meal without a dessert.
It's just too shocking to the system to cut desserts cold turkey.
Life is stressful enough.

Eat a cookie for mental health.

There's a nice simple cookie recipe in Janice Soprano's chapter Sunday Dinner 
in Artie's The Sopranos Family Cookbook.
Almond Macaroons.

The recipe also uses that almond paste that didn't get used during the holidays.
And the candied cherries!
What can I say?
It was meant to be.


Makes 36

line 2 large baking sheets with foil        
preheat oven to 350ยบ           

In the large bowl of an electric mixer combine
8 ounces almond paste
1 Cup sugar
Beat until blended.
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
Beat until very smooth.

Dampen your fingertips with cool water to prevent sticking.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of the batter and gently roll it into a ball.
Place on prepared cookie sheet.
Repeat with remaining batter, placing the cookies 1 inch apart.

Into the top of each cookie push one of
36 candied cherries or whole almonds
Bake 20 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned.
Cool a few minutes on the baking sheets.
Using a thin metal spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks.
Cool completely.
Store in airtight containers.

Would I make Amaretti again?
Sure, what's not to like?
The recipe is easy and fairly low calorie.
And it uses up that dumb almond paste.
As does Carmela's recipe for Pignoli Cookies.

One recipe down.  Fifty-three more to go.  

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