4.27 from 19 votes

Ricciarelli, Siena's almond cookies

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine Tuscan
Keyword almond paste, gluen free, ricciarelli
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Resting time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 48 minutes
Servings 27 ricciarelli
Author Giulia


  • 2 egg whites, about 75 grams
  • 1 drop lemon juice
  • 200 g (1 2/3 cups (unsifted)) icing sugar, +1 cup for dusting the ricciarelli
  • 200 g (2 cups + 1 tablespoon) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon bitter almond aroma
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • grated zest of 1 orange


  • The night before. Whisk the egg whites with a drop of lemon juice, then mix in the icing sugar and the ground almond flour. Add also the bitter almond extract, the grated zest of an orange and the vanilla seeds. Cover with cling-film and set aside in the fridge overnight.
  • The day after, preheat oven to 160°C (320°F). Dust a wooden working surface with icing sugar. Roll the dough into a log and cut out small balls of dough.
  • Shape the dough with your hands into an oval, about 1 cm thick. Arranfge the ricciarelli on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Wet your hands with water and pat each ricciarello, then coat the shaped ricciarelli with extra icing sugar.
  • Bake the ricciarelli for about 18 minutes. When you remove them from the oven, they will be still soft and moist, but don’t worry, they will reach the ideal texture once cooled down.
  • Store them in an airtight container. The day after they are even better.
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