Lemon Thyme Amaretti aka Italian Macaroons



Crunchy, nutty amaretti cookies, also known as Italian macaroons, are usually baked with ground almonds, egg whites and sugar. They can be plain, flavoured with liqueur or sandwiched with jam. The creation doesn't stop there! I have found this creative amaretti recipe with THYME from Küchen Götter, and decided to give it try with my "lemon thyme". They have turned out so well and super delicious!

  • 3 Egg whites
  • 200 g Castor sugar
  • 10 g Lemon thyme leaves
  • 200 g Ground almonds (I used hazelnuts)
  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/280F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together the castor sugar, ground hazelnut and lemon thyme leaves in a bowl. In a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until firm. Fold in the dry mixture.
  2. Fill the pastry bag with the cookie mixture. Pipe 1inch mounds onto the prepared baking trays, about an inch apart. Bake in the heated oven until cookies become crisp, about 40 minutes.

91 comments:

José Miguel. 9/6/11 06:08

jesus that looks good ...

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Vimitha Anand 9/6/11 06:12

Lovely flavors in those gorgeous looking macaroons...

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Christine's Pantry 9/6/11 06:21

Sounds wonderful! Great recipe!

Thanks,
Christine

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Sharmilee! :) 9/6/11 06:24

The macaroons look very tempting I say! :)

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Betty @ scrambled henfruit 9/6/11 06:29

I love those Italian cookies! I think these look great AND I have a beautiful lemon thyme growing in my garden. Serendipity? :)

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TasteHongKong 9/6/11 07:04

You have made them look irresistible, every piece!

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Lisa H 9/6/11 07:20

superb... would love to give it ago...
macarons with least worry about 'feet' :D

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Food Glorious Food! 9/6/11 07:28

This is amazing and new to me! Now I know other usage of lemon thyme!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 9/6/11 07:29

I love the addition of thyme. What fragrant cookies. Marvelous!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Treat and Trick 9/6/11 07:33

They look beautiful and delicious, love the addition of thyme..

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Zoe 9/6/11 07:43

I like your addition of lemon and thyme into these biscuits.

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Sunanda 9/6/11 07:51

It really an wonderful recipe..nice clicks..

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Elin 9/6/11 09:03

Ang8ie...I don't think I can stop eating that once I started eating :) Beautiful pictures !

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Lora 9/6/11 09:43

What a great idea and wonderful combination of flavors.

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Priya 9/6/11 10:56

Beautiful and flavourful macarons, feel like munching some..

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Jeannie 9/6/11 11:01

This looks like a another beautiful version of macaroons! Would love to try this!

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Maris (In Good Taste) 9/6/11 11:15

What a delightful combination of flavors in the delicious cookies!

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Three-Cookies 9/6/11 11:30

This is the Italian version of macaroons? Looks and sounds delicious.

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Belinda @zomppa 9/6/11 11:43

They are perfect! Love the flavors of this.

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Juanita 9/6/11 12:05

I'm growing lemon thyme alongside normal thyme for the first time in my garden this year. I was so suprised when I first tasted it how it tastes exactly like lemon, and nothing like thyme! And yet I would never have thought of using it in a sweet recipe. Thanks for a great idea!

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Rumana Rawat 9/6/11 12:34

Wonderful looking macaroons

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Carolyn 9/6/11 13:02

Oh yum, love the addition of lemon thyme!

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Tiffany 9/6/11 13:36

I've had traditional amaretti, but not lemon thyme. This flavor combo sounds wonderful!!!

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Faith 9/6/11 13:45

These cookies are so cute and dainty! Love their flavor too, almond and thyme must be lovely together!

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Tina 9/6/11 14:20

These look so light and tasty. They also look very elegant-excellent for a party. I love the versatility of lemon. I even saw lemon & tarragon gelato the other day! Thanks for sharing

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Sutapa 9/6/11 14:24

Great flavors and tempting macaroons!

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Happy Cook / Finla 9/6/11 14:41

I have never had these flavours in the cookies, sounds an dlooks delicious, and very aromatic too.

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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 9/6/11 15:03

They look amazing! I love amaretti cookies. Never thought to make my own. Great flavors.

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Jenn 9/6/11 15:05

I love lemon thyme, though I never seem to be able to find it here. The cookies look fantastic...I bet they tasted amazing!

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Rebecca from Chow and Chatter 9/6/11 15:15

oh these look wonderful love learning new baking from you

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/6/11 15:47

And I just potted a lovely little lemon thyme plant :) These look delicate and delicious!

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michelangelo in the kitchen 9/6/11 16:01

Cookies with the flavor of lemon thyme, an amaretti unique in all the world! Got to try this just for the surprise and taste of it! Cheers!!!

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Pacheco Patty 9/6/11 16:31

I love a simple flavorful cookie like this, especially with the lemon thyme, I wonder how tarragon would taste? Thanks for sharing this recipe ;-)

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spcookiequeen 9/6/11 16:47

I like these, were you thinking of me when you made these. Have to try these.
-Gina-

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My Little Space 9/6/11 16:58

Angie, these amarettis are so cute and very tempting as well. Hope you're having a wonderful day.
Kristy

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yummylittlecooks 9/6/11 16:59

oh, they looks gorgeous....like always:)

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Gloria 9/6/11 17:19

Angie thesae macarons look delicious! love amaretti!

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Robyn 9/6/11 17:30

Yum! What cute delicate little cookies you have made!

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Chris's Gourmet Fashion 9/6/11 18:30

I love Italian macaroons and your implementation is just amazing. Beautiful photos too!

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Anncoo 9/6/11 18:48

Very cute cookies that I must bookmark!

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Parsley Sage 9/6/11 20:01

Spectacular recipe. I didn't know there were Italian macaroons :) Much less that you could sex them up with some lemon and thyme. Delish!

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lisaiscooking 9/6/11 21:15

Sounds like crunchy, delicious cookies! I'd love these with a scoop of ice cream.

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Now Serving 9/6/11 22:06

A wonderful blend of herbs, lemon and hazelnuts make for a yummier cookie! Yummy post :)

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 9/6/11 23:43

Angie, I secretly wish you would come live at my house and bake for me all day long. :)

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Lizzy 10/6/11 02:11

What lovely, melt in your mouth cookies...they look fabulous!!!

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alison 10/6/11 10:43

very creative and a beautiful presentation!:)

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Lauren 10/6/11 12:15

I love amaretti, love that this is a gluten free recipe too. Love the thyme in there, so creative.

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Pegasuslegend 10/6/11 12:54

these are beautiful looking bet they taste fabulous too!

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Joanne 10/6/11 13:18

I looovveee amaretti and the lemon thyme seems like the perfect offset to the super sweet amaretto flavor!

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Ilke 10/6/11 13:39

Angie, these are beautiful. I bet they tasted great with hazelnuts! Sounds so easy, I might give it a try this weekend with the ground almond that has been sitting in my fridge for a while. I dont have lemon tyhme but you said there are many variations!

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Anne 10/6/11 14:31

What a great combination of flavors! I love amaretti! And these turned out so pretty, too! : )

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Elisabeth 10/6/11 18:07

Amaretti macaroons with herbs, and mouthwatering flavors, are so incredibly delicious...light as a feather...Yummm! Want some now:DDD

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook 10/6/11 19:23

These look delicious...love the flavor combination!

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Tanantha 10/6/11 19:39

i don't think I have Italian macaroons before or even when i was in Italy. Dang! These look simply delicious and by looking at ingredients it seems easy for me to try!

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aipi 10/6/11 21:04

that is a great fusion of flavors :)
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Sweet And Crumby 10/6/11 21:20

These look fantastic. Love the thyme with the lemon...such a nice flavor profile.

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 10/6/11 21:58

Ooo I've had plain amaretti but the lemon thyme flavor sounds fantastic!

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Peggy 10/6/11 23:39

These look so delicious!

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Claudia 11/6/11 05:16

I make Italian macaroons all the time - never with herbs. That's about to change. How inviting!

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Anna C 11/6/11 06:43

Angie, your amaretti are perfection. Adding the lemon thyme is such an innovative touch.

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RV @ Food for 7 Stages 11/6/11 08:17

I am bookmarking this. Looks super delicious

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kitchen flavours 11/6/11 12:27

These are lovely! Love it that you use thyme!

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briarrose 11/6/11 13:53

Lovely flavor for a cookie. Beautiful job on these.

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Karen 11/6/11 14:33

Mmmm, lecker! :-) I love lemon thyme's delicate flavor. Oh and your chocolate wafers look very seductive. Have a great weekend!

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Roxana GreenGirl 11/6/11 16:45

oh! my! goodness! these amaretti sound and look amazing.
thanks for sharing Angie
happy weekend

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Reeni 12/6/11 01:40

The lemon thyme flavors sound so light and spring-like! Perfect for hot weather tea time!

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Spoon and Chopsticks 12/6/11 03:01

Very tempting indeed. I want them right now.

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sweetlife 12/6/11 04:08

hazelnuts and lemon thyme, love the flavor combo...tasty pics! thanks for sharing

sweetlife

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A Thought For Food 12/6/11 07:09

What a brilliant idea to include lemon thyme! Such a simple addition that I'm sure makes these even more wonderful than they already were.

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Cathy 12/6/11 14:34

Lemon thyme is growing throughout my garden. What a lovely and delicious way to use it.

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Mother Rimmy 12/6/11 17:05

Terrific idea to add lemon thyme. I can imagine the lovely flavor it adds to these sweet little cookies.

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Vimitha Anand 12/6/11 19:11

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Roz from 'la bella vita' 12/6/11 23:11

What delicious ingredients for these Italian treats! Saving this recipe, Angie! Thanks!

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tigerfish 13/6/11 03:26

The citrus aroma must be so inviting! So elegant too!

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Dulce Dough 13/6/11 04:44

What a great recipe--such wonderful flavors! And your pictures are beautiful!

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Kate@Diethood 13/6/11 05:42

These cookies are fabulous! I have a recipe for them, but it's a bit different from yours. I'd love to try your version... they look gorgeous!

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Monet 13/6/11 05:43

What a wonderful afternoon treat these would make! I love the addition of thyme. So creative! Thank you for sharing another inspired recipe. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Hugs and love from Austin!

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Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) 13/6/11 17:30

I just love this photograph! These flavors melded together in a cookie sound really tantalizing. Congrats on making Top 9. It is refreshing to see an unusual recipe like your Lemon Thyme Amaretti Macaroons on Foodbuzz.

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Michael Toa 13/6/11 18:34

I love amaretti biscuits, often as an accompaniment to my afternoon coffee. I never had the lemon thyme amaretti but it does sound delicious!

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Lacey @ dishfolio.com 13/6/11 21:59

Beautiful! We'd love for you to share this over at dishfolio.com!

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RAKS KITCHEN 14/6/11 04:02

Macaroons look great,nice picture and recipe!

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Sanjeeta kk 14/6/11 16:29

Oh I love the uneven shaped crisp and crunchy Macs here! Glad to have come back again and gorge upon some of your lovely creations, Angie. Hope you had fine time.

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Ananda Rajashekar 15/6/11 20:17

I remember tasting simillar kind from my work mate, loved it, now can't to try they look cute!

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Cooking Rookie 17/6/11 08:40

I have to try those. I have this obsession with ladie's kisses, Italian hazelnut cookies, and I've been trying a lot of hazelnut recipes. I recently posted my best trial so far. But I also want to try your version - I love the fact that it does not use any butter.

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lena 17/6/11 18:01

i'm not sure of the taste of lemon thyme but you cant be wrong, this must be really delicious!

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Maria 20/6/11 09:15

Lovely recipe Angie! These look so irresistible!

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Magic of Spice 22/6/11 00:23

These are adorable and with such lovely flavors!

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kattyskitchen 4/7/11 14:18

Don't these look lovely! And I have lemon thyme, too. :)

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Ruchira 7/8/11 02:16

They are yummy indeed...tried amaretti cookies...check out my version at www.cookitreemaway.com

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