Italian Macaroons

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    3½ dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Nick Malgieri

Published 1990

  • About

The Italian name for macaroons, amaretti, literally means “little bitter things,” after the bitter almonds that are used in their preparation. In the United States, it is essential to use canned almond paste to achieve the taste and texture of the Italian original. The canned almond paste is flavored with oil of bitter almond, giving it the characteristic flavor. It has also been crushed very finely between granite rollers during the manufacturing process, which imparts a degree of s