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Friday 8 March 2013

Gluten Free: Amaretti Biscuits

Have you left it too late to order a Mother's Day present from our great selection of gift ideas? Don't panic, we're here to help! Nothing says "I love you, mum," like home baking. Amaretti biscuits are very simple to make and are a lovely gift. Oh, and they're gluten free.

If your mum loves to bake, then I'm sure she'll appreciate these versatile little biscuits. You could even point her in the direction of Laura H's brilliant Amaretto and almond cake (to make it GF, use 140g gluten free self raising mix and increase the milk to 45ml) or Hazel's amaretti variation of her boozy rhubarb and ginger trifle.

Amaretti Biscuits (makes about 20)
You'll need:
  • 1 tbsp white rice flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
Make it!
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
  2. Sift the rice flour and cornflour into a bowl and add half of the sugar and all of the ground almonds. Mix well to make sure it's all combined.
  3. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then add the rest of the sugar and continue whisking until they form stiff peaks.
  4. Add half of the almond mixture and gently fold into the egg whites with a metal or silicone spoon (do not use a wooden spoon) until completely incorporated. Add the rest and fold in as before.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe 50p-sized blobs on to a baking sheet lined with baking paper, don't cram them on because they'll spread as they bake.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the biscuits are lightly golden. Dust with the icing sugar and leave on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

If you do give them to your mum on Sunday, try wrapping them in little squares of baking paper to present them.


  1. These look great! I think there's a mistake in the recipe, though. Can you please clarify if it's half of the caster sugar I've to add to the flour, then half to the egg whites?

    1. Yes, half of the caster sugar goes into the flour and almonds and the rest goes into the egg whites. Sorry for any confusion!

    2. Thank you! I'm thinking of making these this weekend.

  2. I love amaretti. These look light and lovely Caleigh, thanks!

  3. Amaretti biscuits are one of my favourite things. I was going to try and make them and you've beaten me to it. Damn.


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