These Italian Almond Macaroons are an old family recipe passed on from my Italian grandmother. These cookies are a legacy in our family at Christmas time.

These Italian Almond Macaroons are an old family recipe passed on from my Italian grandmother. These cookies are a legacy in our family at Christmas time.

Italian Almond Cookies (Ricciarelli) and Tips for Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies on https://www.theculinarylife.com

Italian Almond Cookies (Ricciarelli) and Tips for Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies on https://www.theculinarylife.com

TRADITIONAL SICILIAN ALMOND COOKIES - The almond cookies are “a must” of the Sicilian culinary tradition. They are prepared with the Almond paste, called “pasta reale” in Sicily. The legend wants that the recipe was created in the XII century in the convent of the “Martorana” in Palermo and that his name is due to his goodness (worthy of a King!) . These fantastic cookies are as good as easy to do! Accompany them with a good tea, coffee or a glass of Marsala sweet wine. - desserts

TRADITIONAL SICILIAN ALMOND COOKIES - The almond cookies are “a must” of the Sicilian culinary tradition. They are prepared with the Almond paste, called “pasta reale” in Sicily. The legend wants that the recipe was created in the XII century in the convent of the “Martorana” in Palermo and that his name is due to his goodness (worthy of a King!) . These fantastic cookies are as good as easy to do! Accompany them with a good tea, coffee or a glass of Marsala sweet wine. - desserts

Italian Almond Cookies 8 ounces almond paste (NOT marzipan or almond cake filling) 2/3 cup sugar 2 egg whites 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips

Italian Almond Cookies 8 ounces almond paste (NOT marzipan or almond cake filling) 2/3 cup sugar 2 egg whites 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips

Cantucci are crunchy almond Italian cookies. They have no  butter and no oil ...feel good about eating more than one! Replace almonds with chocolate chips, hazelnuts, pistachios or dried fruits. The possibilities are endless. These cookies last for several weeks and they are also perfect to give as a homemade gift.

Cantucci are crunchy almond Italian cookies. They have no butter and no oil ...feel good about eating more than one! Replace almonds with chocolate chips, hazelnuts, pistachios or dried fruits. The possibilities are endless. These cookies last for several weeks and they are also perfect to give as a homemade gift.

I’ve been pretty busy this week, but I made time to squeeze in a batch of cookies.  These are almost like little cakes. These have become one of my very favorite cookies! Italian Almond Cooki…

I’ve been pretty busy this week, but I made time to squeeze in a batch of cookies. These are almost like little cakes. These have become one of my very favorite cookies! Italian Almond Cooki…

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