Ricciarelli are a typical Sienese sweet made from almonds, sugar, and egg whites.
Ricciarelli are made with a coarse-grained almond paste similar to marzipan, kneaded for a long time and enriched with candied orange peel and vanilla flavor.
- 2 cups of almonds, blanched
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 tsp of almond extract
- 2 egg whites
- Parchment paper
In a 325 degree oven, toast the almonds until lightly colored.
Remove from oven and let cool.
In a food processor, blend together the almonds and sugar until the almonds a finely ground.
Add the powdered sugar, almond extract and the egg whites.
Remove the dough and shape into a rectangle.
Cut into diamond shapes about 2 inches long.
Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
Dust with the remaining powdered sugar.