Ricciarelli (Italian almond biscuits) 

These Christmassy ricciarelli biscuits are gluten free, whip up in a flash and keep in an airtight container for weeks. They’re chewy, nutty, lemony, and we love them.

Ingredients

300g almond meal

250g caster sugar

2 egg whites

Finely grated zest of one lemon

Icing sugar, for coating

Method

These Christmassy ricciarelli biscuits are gluten free, whip up in a flash and keep in an airtight container for weeks. They’re chewy, nutty, lemony, and we love them. Make a double batch, some for gifting and some for after-dinner coffee or liqueur. A big thank you to one of our lovely followers who sent in this suggestion as a ‘make to give’ idea! 

Ricciarelli (Italian almond biscuits) 

Makes about 18

If you’d like to watch a quick how-to for this recipe, head here.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Mix the almond meal and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg whites and lemon zest and mix through to create a paste (using your hands is best here). Pinch off pieces of paste and shape into 3 cm x 4 cm rectangles (give or take!). Dust in the icing sugar to coat well, then place onto the lined tray, leaving room for spreading.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies look slightly marked and the bottom is firm.

Cool on a rack. These biscuits keep for weeks in an airtight container, so you can double the ingredients if you like and make a bigger batch.

 

Hints and Tips

This recipe is by  Silvia Colloca and is sourced from SBS Food.

comments
  • Sharron Carleton

    Can you give me a translation to USA measurements please

  • Edie

    This recipe is indestructible and survives my experimentation! I’d just made the Tiramisu and had 3 leftover egg whites, so I made these. I was 150g short of almond meal and made up the difference with desiccated coconut. And I also had some amaretto lurking in the cupboard. So one way or another, I balanced the wet and the dry until it was paste-like. I made them in two formats – little balls (which kept their shape and are deliciously moist in the middle) and flatter biscuits. Sesame seeds pressed into the top before cooking. Next time I might try another citrus, rose water or orange blossom water.

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