April 27, 2016

Colette Grand Café’s Amaretti Cookies

Recipe: Leslie Steh

Executive pastry chef Leslie Steh from Colette Grand Café in Toronto shares a delicious recipe for Amaretti Cookies.


  • 5 1/2 cups of ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 2 cups of white sugar; refined baking sugar is best
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond essence (extract will do, but essence is better)
  • 1 cup (or as needed) of icing sugar for dusting the tops of the amaretti
  • 2 pinches of salt



  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Position the oven rack so that it is in the middle of the oven.
  2. Check that your ground almonds are as fine as possible. You can always put them in a blender or the food processor to make the meal extra fine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground almonds, salt and sugar, mixing well with a fork. Next mix in the eggs (all at once – no need to beat in advance) and the almond essence.
  4. Line your cookie sheets with baking paper, and make round balls of cookie dough…generally about a tablespoon. Roll them in a bowl of confectioner’s sugar, covering the ball, and then place them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Leave to cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Eat and enjoy.