Amaretti, traditional Italian biscuits made from apricot kernals, sugar and egg whites. Lazzaroni are the best known producer of Amaretti and they claim their secret recipe dates back to 1718. Lazzaroni Amaretti are prettily paper wrapped, and come in a variety of beautiful boxes and tins, that make perfect presents. And they are gluten free too!
According to the legend of Amaretti di Saronno, the Cardinal of Milan unexpectedly visited the Italian town of Saronno in 1718. In his honor, two young lovers, Giuseppe and Osolina, quickly baked up a mixture of sugar, apricot kernels, and egg whites, creating crisp, airy cookies with a bittersweet almond flavour. To symbolize their love, they wrapped the cookies in pairs in colorful paper. The Cardinal was so pleased with the cookie, he blessed the couple, and they lived happily ever after, passing their recipe on for generations.
It’s no wonder the Cardinal was so impressed - the soft Amaretti taste intensely of almonds and are not too sweet. They are tender, something like a cross between marzipan and macaroon. Rest assured, these are nothing like the bland, crunchy/stale little cookies you see in the grocery store.
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