This is a cookie the Italian's make on festive occasions like weddings, or Christmas. For a festive touch, decorate the top of each cookie with a piece of candied cherry instead of the almond.
INGREDIENTS (for 2 servings):
- 7 egg whites
- 2 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 pounds ground almonds
- 2 tablespoons almond extract
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Beat egg whites and sugar until fluffy. Add the ground almond and almond extract, mixing well. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, roll in sugar and put a piece of almond or candied cherry on top.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees F) until firm. Bottom should be light brown.