Traditional Italian Amaretti Cookies 🍪 gluten free & keto

Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪

Crunchy, Yet Ridiculously Moist

Amaretti are by far Italy’s most famous cookie export, and with reason. Crunchy on the outside and silky smooth on the inside, their taste rivals even the most complex of biscuits! Plus, they’re naturally gluten free and dairy free (and aside from the sugar, an easy fix, naturally keto too!). All in all, these little Italian (rather unassuming!) keto amaretti are going to rock your world. Trust us.

And at 1g net carbs (and 4g good fats!) a pop, you can think of these guys as fat bomb cookies supreme. 💁🏿

The Deets 🔍

Think easy peasy to whip up and just four ingredients: almond flour, powdered sugar (i.e. powdered sweetener), egg whites and a dash of almond extract. That’s it.

So let’s go ahead and call them ideal for those dairy-free ketonians out there!

Plus, these cookies hold a special place in my heart (Paola here! 🙋🏿). You see, it was the first (baking) recipe which I successfully whipped up back in my university years. So I’ve been whipping up these amaretti for the past decade (⏰!!), i.e. they’ve withstood the test of time and still get baked religiously at chez moi!

The Sweetener 🍯

This recipe works best with Swerve or xylitol (same amounts), as they’re roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar (and you need the ‘bulk’ here guys!). And it must be powdered.

So get your blender out, make sure it’s completely dry, and process your sweetener of choice until powdered. Just make sure you wait a few moments for the dust to settle before opening the blender or food processor.

Or you can always grab a bag of Powdered Swerve (i.e. confectioner’s).

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Italian, Ketogenic, Paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20 amaretti cookies
Calories: 58 kcal

Amaretti are by far Italy’s most famous cookie export, and with reason. Crunchy on the outside and silky smooth on the inside, their taste rivals even the most complex of biscuits! 

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Butter a baking sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside. 

  2. Whisk together in a large bowl almond flour and powdered sweetener until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

  4. Gently fold in half the beaten egg whites onto the almond mixture. Depending on how finely ground and fresh you almond flour is, you may or may not need all the egg whites (it can range from 2 to 3 egg whites per 340g of almond and sugar mix). So fold in the egg whites slowly to produce a thick and stiff paste (see picture in post). If you add too much egg white your amaretti will flat flat, though still be delicious.

  5. Fold in almond extract until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as you will pop the egg whites bubbles.

  6. Using your hands, gently form 1-inch rounds and place them on the baking sheet. Let rest for two hours uncovered to harden (similar to French macarons!).

  7. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until tops are a light golden brown. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet and sprinkle with powdered sweetener.

  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Recipe Notes

*This recipe works best with Swerve or xylitol (same amounts), as they’re roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar (and you need the 'bulk' here guys!). And it must be powdered!!

So get your blender out, make sure it’s completely dry, and process your sweetener of choice until powdered. Just make sure you wait a few moments for the dust to settle before opening the blender or food processor.

Or you can always grab a bag of Powdered Swerve (i.e. confectioner’s).

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free & Keto Amaretti Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 comments

  1. Rita says:

    You just made me the HAPPIEST PERSON EVER! My Italian grandmother used to make these for us during the holidays! I had no idea they could be keto-fied!!! SO SO SO AWESOME THANK YOU!

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