Italian Christmas Cookies & Recipes Italian Cookies Recipes


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.

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