You can – and will – make this even more with amaretti (Italian macaroons)

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Anyone who has ever managed to consume amaretti has a new addiction. You often get this crunchy outside and soft almond biscuits served with coffee in Italy, but you can – and want – do much more with these cookies. You will immediately get a big smile on your face when reading the options. Promised.

7 times more you can make with amaretti cookies

 1. Over your ice cream (or in your ice cream)

Take a big tub of your favorite ice cream and crumble a few amaretti cookies over it and you’ll elevate your guilty pleasure to a level you didn’t know existed. Even better when your ice cream tastes like chocolate, caramel and/or vanilla and crunchy pieces of amaretti can be found in the ice cream, as a little surprise with every bite.

2. Tiramisu

Who says dessert and Italy, says tiramisu. This divine dessert is one of the top 3 reasons to travel to Italy and eat there on an Italian terrace. But luckily we can now also make and find good tiramisu in the Netherlands, which you make with lady fingers, coffee and mascarpone. If you replace the ladyfingers with amaretti, you won’t come home from a rude awakening. Mama Mia, how delicious.

On Culy we have already varied with tiramisu (shhh, never say it out loud to an Italian…), with this speculaast iramisu , tiramisu with pandan and coconut , limoncello and white chocolate tiramisu or matcha tiramisu .

Tiramisu with pandan and coconut

3. In a crumble 1

Crumbles are a kind of fruit tarts baked in the oven with a shortcrust pastry on top. The dough will be nice and crispy and the fruit nice and soft. A nice combination (especially for leftovers) and a dish that you often see on cold winter days. Because this summer there is nothing in the Netherlands, we feel free to give this tip now: mix pieces of amaretti through the shortcrust pastry. They give an extra taste experience that goes very well with pears, apples and red fruit .

4. In a crumble 2

There is also another variant of a crumble: a crunchy substance comparable to a muesli, but slightly finer. A crumble is often used to give a crunch – and a lot of flavor to a dish, like this Parmesan crumble . You can of course also apply this to all kinds of desserts, breakfasts or pancakes. Make a crumble of nuts together with amaretti and sprinkle on top, like on this coffee mousse from Ottolenghi . Dessert heaven .

Tip : making a crumble with only amaretti is more difficult because of the soft inside. But if you mix the amaretti with a nut, you solve this perfectly.

coffee mousse with chocolate and tahini sauce (from ottolenghi)

5. Trifle

A trifle is a traditional English dessert, where you make layers with three (tri) different ingredients – cream, fruit and biscuits. You can make yourself incredibly easy (but also difficult) with this dish, there are so many possibilities. The first one that naturally comes to mind is: amaretti cookies.

In an extremely delicious recipe from Culy’s Winnie with an affogato trifle , she already does it with cantuccinni cookies, but she assures us that it also goes very well with amaretti. We believe her directly.

Affogato trifle

6. Cheesecake

While some cheesecakes don’t need a bottom, others thrive with a crunchy bottom that just gives the cake that je ne sais quoi . Those bottoms are delicious with bastogne biscuits, digestives or of course amaretti. If you also add a dash of Amaretto (almond liqueur) to your cheesecake or caramel sauce, you have the queen of cheesecakes in your hands. Enjoy it!

7. With coffee

Bake these cookies yourself and serve them with coffee. Rutger bakt has a good recipe and mega tip: have your amaretti become a bit dry? Put a slice of bread in the box with cookies, because of the moisture, the cookies are as good as new the next day!


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