Thursday, February 05, 2009
I love all things almond, and amaretto cookies are right up there at the top of my list.
With a crispy, crumbly exterior and a chewy inside, these cookies, which are made mostly with almonds and which bedazzle you with their almond-y flavor, are a delicious treat from Italy, the subject of my It's A Vegan World event for the month of February. So this just seemed like a perfect time to share these with you.
Veganizing these cookies was a bit of a challenge. Amaretti cookies are usually flourless, and the almonds, ground into a flour (or sometimes paste), are bound by frothy egg whites which also give the cookies their light airiness. Since egg whites are not for me, I used a small amount of whole-wheat pastry flour, just half a cup, and some egg replacer powder to bind them. They worked perfectly.
In addition to It's A Vegan World: Italian, I am also sending these to Madhuram for her Egg Replacer event. Her egg substitute for the month is egg replacer powder.
Vegan Amaretti Cookies
1 1/2 cups almond flour (around 1 cup of almonds, processed to a powder in a food processor)
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (can substitute with all-purpose)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
3 tsp EnerG egg replacer powder mixed with 4 tbsp water
3/4 to 1 cup confectioners' sugar (I like mine a little less sweet but add a whole cup if you like them sweet)
Mix together the almond flour, pastry flour and baking powder.
In a food processor, or by hand, add to the flour mixture the sugar, the two extracts, and the egg-replacer mixture. If using a food processor, pulse a few times to mix the ingredients.
The dough will be sticky. With a teaspoon, place rounded mounds of the mixture on a cookie sheet greased well, or covered with parchment paper and then greased.
Bake in a preheated 300-degree oven about 25-30 minutes until the tops are lightly browned, and the bottoms are a deeper, richer golden-brown.
Place the sheet on a rack to cool about 10 minutes. Then, using a thin spatula, remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and place directly on the rack to cool thoroughly.
When cooled, sprinkle tops with some powdered confectioners sugar.