These decicious Ricciarelli Cookies use only a handful of ingredients, are quick and easy to make plus gluten free and low carb! An excellent Keto cookie recipe to satisfy any sweet cravings.
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What are Ricciarelli cookies?
A cup of tea / coffee deserves a little treat alongside it and I have just the thing for the occasion – Ricciarelli cookies!
These simple almond cookies originate from Sienna in Italy and they are incredibly easy to make.
You only need a handful of ingredients – egg whites, icing sugar and almond flour plus a little almond extract and orange or lemon zest to flavour.
The cookies are rolled in icing sugar before baking and have a rustic, slightly cracked exterior when they cool down.
They resemble French macarons which are made from same ingredients but so much less tricky to make!
HOW TO MAKE RICCIARELLI COOKIES
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!
Using a stand or hand mixer, whisk the egg whites and lemon juice until you have soft peaks.
Sift the icing sugar and ground almonds over the whisked eggs and add the zest and almond extract. Fold everything together until you have a fairly firm paste. Form the paste into a log shape, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 160C (325F). Line two heavy trays with baking paper. Fill a shallow plate with icing sugar. Cut walnut sized chunks out of your paste and shape into little balls on the palm of your hand.
Flatten to a disk (or shape them as you like – diamond shape is traditional) and then roll in the icing sugar and place on the prepared tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes then cool on a wire rack.
Easy Keto Cookies
Ricciarelli cookies are gluten free and very easy to make Keto friendly! Simply replace the icing sugar with a powdered keto sweetener and… that’s it.
Some keto sweeteners such as Erythritol have a slightly weird aftertaste and a bit of a cooling taste on the tongue. You can counteract this by adding a few drops of liquid Stevia.
Other sweeteners that are suitable for this recipe are Confectioners Swerve or Sukrin Icing.
These low carb cookies are also suitable for Slimming World, Weight Watchers and other popular weight loss plans.
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Ricciarelli Cookies – Gluten Free / Keto / Low Carb
- 200 g (2 cups) almond flour
- 200 g (1 cup) powdered Erythritol or icing sugar
- 60 g (¼ cup) egg whites (from 2 large eggs)
- ½ tbsp Earl Grey tea optional
- zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- a couple drops almond extract
- 2 drops liquid stevia
- Put the tea in a pestle and mortar and grind to a fine powder if using.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, whisk the egg whites and lemon juice until you have soft peaks.
- Sift the powdered Erythritol (or icing sugar) and almond flour over the whisked eggs and add the zest and tea. Fold everything together until you have a fairly firm paste.
- Form the paste into a log shape, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 160C (325F). Line two heavy trays with baking paper. Fill a shallow plate with powdered Erythritol (or icing sugar).
- Cut walnut sized chunks out of your paste and shape into little balls on the palm of your hand. Flatten to a disk (or shape them as you like – diamond shape is traditional) and then roll in the icing sugar and place on the prepared tray.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. When you take the cookies out of the oven they will still be quite soft. Carefully transfer onto a cooling rack with a spatula and leave to cool. Once they cool down the exterior will become crisper while the centres will still be soft.
- Keep in a cookies in an airtight tin and enjoy over the week.
Thanks for sharing, these look perfect for me to have as a treat 🙂
Dale Dow says
those look delicious!x
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Melanie Burton says
Wow! You are a fab cook! They look lush!
Lou Tring says
How inspiring to cook out of the ordinary…I always choose the safe option, but these sound lovely!
caroline tokes says
Jamie Millard says
these look awesome.
Andrea A says
Fab tea set.
Sally Brown says
Looks fab x
Miss Bee says
Lovely giveaway thank you
Richard Tyler says
Count Me IN I LOVE Tea!
Susan B says
Oh, my! How scrumptious do those look?! And how delicate the tea set looks! The biscuits are now on the must-try list.
Amy Dear says
Thanks for the chance, what a lovely prize! 🙂
Kirsty Mackay says
Lovely recipe, thank you!
tracey baker says
Looks so scrummy xx
Victoria Prince says
Those cookies look amazing!
Lucie m fish says
I'd use this every day!
Great comp for a good looking tea set