So remember when I made those yummy Gluten Free Seven Layer Venetians?? Well, I ended up making twice the almond paste that I needed, so I had this lovely yummy homemade almond paste leftover that was just calling for me to either eat it or make something with it before it dried out. I decided making something was probably the better choice, ha.
After searching for some recipes, I happened across Smitten Kitchen’s Chewy Amaretti Cookies. Naturally flourless, they seemed the perfect recipe to use up my leftover almond paste.
I noticed a couple of things were different when I made this recipe. For one, the cookie dough was REALLY thin. This could have been a result of having homemade rather than store bought paste in a tube. Or it could have been because I used powdered sugar since I didn’t have regular sugar. I did use like twice as much as the recipe called for because of that. So who knows. But they worked and came out yummy.
One other thing, really read the recipe where it says let them cool completely before taking off the parchment paper. It’s the difference between ending up with amaretti crumbles and amaretti cookies. Not that crumbles are bad, I bet they would be really yummy on top of ice cream…but then you couldn’t make the cute sandwiches!
For filling the sandwiches, I chose 3 different things – some dark chocolate, some Trader Joes organic blueberry preserves, and a sampler that I had leftover from my bridal shower last year of Stonewall Kitchen’s raspberry peach champagne jam. That, by far was my favorite!
The blueberry preserves surprisingly went really well with the amaretti cookies as well. I think I definitely preferred the jam over chocolate filling.
Oh and a note on the photography here. Even though it was daylight, I used my lightbox and just had the open side towards the window to let the natural light in. I’ve given up taking photos after dark. I just can’t do it. I don’t have the proper lighting nor do I have the proper space for said lighting. I used some paper from a scrapbooking pad for the pretty leafy paper. I think the bright and happy green design helped make the cookies bright and happy too.
One more note – as you can see in this picture, filling the sandwiches so full that chocolate or jam is oozing out is the best way to go for the most enjoyment