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Chocolate Amaretti Cookies

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“This was posted to accompany my "Chocolate Amaretti Peaches" recipe. Recipe source is my "CHOCOLATE" cookbook by Christine McFadden & Christine France.”
READY IN:
1hr 15mins
SERVES:
8
YIELD:
24 cookies
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Place almonds on a sml baking sheet & bake 10-12 minutes, turning occ till golden brown. Allow almonds to cool to room temperature Reduce oven temp to 325°F.
  2. Line a lrg baking sheet w/baking parchment. In a food processor, process the toasted almonds w/half the sugar till the almonds are finely ground but not oily.
  3. Transfer the ground almonds to a bowl & stir in cocoa powder & confectioner's sugar. Set aside.
  4. In a med mixing bowl, beat egg whites & cream of tartar w/a hand-held mixer till stiff peaks form.
  5. Sprinkle in the remaining sugar 1 tbsp at a time, beating well after ea addition & cont beating till the whites are glossy & stiff. Beat in the almond extract.
  6. Add the almond sugar mixture & gently fold into the beaten egg whites till just blended.
  7. Spoon the mixture into a lrg piping bag filled w/a plain 1/2 in nozzle. Pipe 1 1/2 in rounds about 1 in apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press a slivered almond into the center of ea cookie.
  8. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or till they are crisp. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  9. W/a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. When cool, store in an airtight jar or cookie tin.

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