Here is my sugar free version of the Italian chocolate amaretti cookies. They are moist and chewy in the centre, with a deliciously crunchy shell covered in powdered sweetener. A gluten free, dairy free family favourite.
I have a faible for Italian cookies. Like everything else in Italian cuisine, they taste delicious and are really simple to make, using only few ingredients.
Well, with December around the corner and Christmas just a few weeks away, I decided to make a low carb snowball cookies recipe that tastes just like chocolate amaretti.
Traditional snowball cookies are also known as Mexican wedding cookies. They are coated in icing sugar, which makes them look like little snowballs. (Of course, we are using powdered low carb sweetener instead!)
They are made with finely chopped pecans or walnuts and are a very buttery affair. I should know - I have a very delicious keto snowball cookie recipe in my Keto Cookies Cookbook.
This time, I was after something moist yet much, much lighter. Enter amaretti!
Basic amaretti are an ingenious mix of almond flour with whisked egg white and sugar. You then add a liqueur such as Amaretto, or simply use almond extract. Other flavours could be lemon, orange, coffee, pistachio..
London story short, I decided to make a chocolate version. And boy, it was a great success! My keto amaretti cookies have a crunchy outside, a moist centre and are pure pleasure, every bite.
Yes, one cookie is just 80 calories and 1.4g net carbs per serving!
Ingredients for sugar free chocolate amaretti
Almond flour - I used ground almonds, which is equivalent to regular almond flour in the US. However, super fine almond flour should also work.
Egg whites - Whisked to stiff peaks.
Powdered sweetener - I made this recipe twice. The first time I used a powdered erythritol monk fruit sweetener mix and the second batch I made with powdered Bocha Sweet. Both worked well, although the erythritol batch had a crunchier crust.
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of salt, almond extract and vanilla extract
How to make keto snowball cookies
Preheat the oven to 180C electric / 350F / 160C fan and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sift the powdered sweetener to get rid of any lumps. Then, stir together the dry ingredients - almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener, baking powder, pinch of salt.
In a second bowl, beat the egg white until soft peaks form. Stir in the almond and vanilla extract.
Fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula and mix until a smooth batter forms.
Form a dough ball and quarter. Roll 2 dough balls from each quarter (mine weighed about 20g each) and place on the prepared cookie sheet, flattening them slightly.
Bake for about 13-15 minutes until cracks are appearing on the tops.
Let the cookies cool slightly, then dust with powdered sweetener.
Recipe tips and variations
Don't omit the almond extract! It's the flavour that makes these almond cookies taste exceptional. Think marzipan, just lighter.
Traditionally, amaretti are rolled in icing sugar before baking. This way, the chocolate peeks through the cracks, making the cookies look just so pretty. When I tried this with the sweetener, it melted in the oven though and was almost invisible by the end of baking. That's why we're dusting the powdered sweetener over afterwards.
Which sweetener to use: I have found that erythritol yielded a slightly crunchier cookie than the version I made with Bocha Sweet. I imagine allulose and xylitol should also work in this recipe.
Classic low carb keto amaretti: Omit the cocoa powder and add 1 additional tbsp of almond flour.
Can I use coconut flour instead? No, this would not work in this recipe, it's designed for almond flour. Try my keto coconut flour cookies instead!
Store your sugar free snowball cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
More keto cookie recipes
There's more to life than keto chocolate chip cookies! Here are some more sugar free cookie recipes for the festive season (and the rest of the year!).
Cinnamon stars - my classic German Keto Christmas cookies.
These ginger snaps are extra crispy!
An allrounder - my whole family loves these keto sugar cookies.
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- ¼ cup / 25g powdered sweetener
- Preheat the oven to 180C electric / 350F / 160C fan and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Sift the powdered sweetener to get rid of any lumps. Then, stir together the dry ingredients - almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener, baking powder, pinch of salt.
- In a second bowl, beat the egg white to stiff peaks. Stir in the almond and vanilla extract.
- Fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula and mix until a smooth batter forms.
- Form a dough ball and quarter. Roll 2 dough balls from each quarter (mine weighed about 20g each) and place on the prepared cookie sheet, flattening them slightly.
- Bake for about 13-15 minutes until cracks are appearing on the tops.
- Let the cookies cool slightly, then dust with powdered sweetener.
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