Sour Cherry Amaretti

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These sour cherry amaretti cookies are nutty with almonds and wonderfully chewy and sweet dotted with dried tart cherries.

Sour Cherry Amaretti

We have an entire wall of books in our bedroom that are arranged by color. Interior design trumps the Dewey Decimal System.

I have no problem spotting the spines of my cookbooks even though they are mixed up with all sorts of different titles.

When I find myself with a little time, I like to perch on the edge of the bed, zone out and browse the shelves.

With leftover egg whites from my last batch of ice cream, I searched my cookbook collection something to do with them.

I ended up settling on a batch of sour cherry amaretti.

These nutty, almond cookies were wonderfully chewy and dotted with dried tart cherries.

The recipe didn’t use up all my whites, but I saved the rest in the freezer for future amaretti.

Sour Cherry Amaretti
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Sour Cherry Amaretti

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 32 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies
These sour cherry amaretti cookies are nutty with almonds and wonderfully chewy and sweet dotted with dried tart cherries.


  • 1-1/2 cups ground almonds
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried sour cherries
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Confectioners’ sugar for rolling


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds, granulated sugar, lemon zest, almond extract and salt. Stir in the dried cherries.
  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites and honey until soft peaks form. Fold the egg white mixture into the dry ingredients. Using your hands, form the dough into 20 balls. Roll them in confectioners’ sugar and place them on the prepared sheet pan about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes until they turn slightly golden and are chewy in the center. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Adapted from Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sam Tamimi


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 0.004mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookies & Bars
Cuisine: Italian
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