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strawberries + cream amaretti cookies (gluten free) | guest post from top with cinnamon

Monday, June 17, 2013

Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)
It’s the summer of fun! For reasons before mentioned, I am lining up guest posts for this summer. Up next is Izy from Top With Cinnamon. I’ve been enamored with Izy’s photographs for awhile now, and when I found out she was 17 years old, I was even more impressed. I wish I would have had this much ambition (and had been this cool) in high school. This woman is going places.

Hi guys! I’m so happy to be guest posting here on Sarah’s gorgeous blog, which I’ve been a fan of for such a long time. From the beautiful writing and photography to her Instagram feed and inspiring Pinterest boards, Sarah is one of my favourite bloggers around, especially as here on Vanilla Bean there’s no shortage of baked goods!

I am a baker at heart, so it’s always hard for me when the summer hits, full force, with the enveloping heat and humidity. It makes it hard to bear standing around in a kitchen for an hour, whilst an oven blazes by your side. But what is a baker to do? I try to stick to recipes where the baking is a minimal part of the recipe. Cookies tend to do the trick as the baking time is usually only around 10 minutes. Now, we all know gooey chocolate chip cookies will always be amazing, but I don’t really want to be stuffing my face with warm cookies when it’s hot out. I want a cookie that’s best at room temperature, or maybe even cold from the refrigerator. This opens up a whole new level of cookie creation, people.

Here in London, the Tennis Season is upon us. Queen’s first, and soon the well known Wimbledon Tennis will start. Now you may be wondering why I’m talking about tennis when I was just talking about cookies, but stick with me on this one!

During Wimbledon matches, the classic pairing of strawberries and cream is served to the spectators. It’s refreshing, cool and summery-sweet. I took inspiration from this and translated it to cookie form! I piped vanilla whipped cream into a chewy, thumb-printed amaretti cookie, and topped it with a sliced strawberry. I also drizzled some white chocolate onto some of them, kind of overkill, but it looks nice (haha).
Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)
Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)
Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)

Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)

Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)

Notes:
-when blending the almonds and sugar, make sure you don’t over process the mixture as it will start to clump up, and turn into almond butter.
-when whipping the cream, you know you NEED TO STOP whisking if it starts to appear grainy at all (this is a sign you are over whisking it, and you’ll soon have a lump of butter sitting in a puddle of buttermilk! If it does start to become grainy, immediately stir in some un-whisked heavy cream to bring it back together, then stop mixing as soon as it has been incorporated).
-if you’re feeling the extra fancy vibe and want to drizzle on white chocolate to the cookies, go for it! (it doesn’t really translate in flavour, and is more effort, so I haven’t included it in the recipe steps, but for anyone that’s interested here’s what I did…) I melted some white chocolate over a bainmarie, transferred it to a sandwich bag, and cut off the very tip of one corner of the bag. I then used it like a piping bag to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.

1 1/2 cups blanched almonds
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
3 egg whites
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract
10-15 small strawberries, hulled, washed and halved

Preheat your oven to 300 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor, combine the almonds with the powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar and the almond extract. Blend until you get a fine almond meal texture (you’ll have to scrape down the sides every now and then).

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites whilst slowly pouring in the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Continue to whisk until you can make stiff peaks in the mixture. Add the ground almond mixture to the whisked egg whites and fold in until fully incorporated (you don’t have to be toogentle, but make sure you don’t knock all the air out of the mixture when doing this).

Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a wide, plain tip and pipe 2″ diameter domes onto the lined cookie sheet (or you can just drop the batter by heaped teaspoons onto the baking sheet). Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just starting to become golden.

When you remove the cookies from the oven, immediately push in the domed centre using the end of a wooden spoon or pen, making an indent about the size of a thumb print. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl combine the heavy cream and vanilla paste/extract and whisk until it become just thick enough to hold its shape. Transfer to a piping bag with a medium star tip, and pipe swirls of whipped cream into the indent of each cookie (again, you could also just use a teaspoon to dollop the cream into the cookies). Top each cookie with a halved strawberry and serve immediately, or refrigerate until just before serving.
Strawberries & Cream Amaretti Cookies (gluten free)

  • Reply
    Kezia
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

    They look delicious! I also live in London, (and I’m 15!) quite near Wimbledon in fact so I’ll definitely have to try these. I know this is random, but I’ve actually got plate-envy (is that even a thing?) about that blue plate in your pictures, it’s so pretty!

    • Reply
      Izy
      Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks! Haha, that’s such a weird coincidence! I got the plate at an Oxfam in Hammersmith for like £1 🙂

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    Kathryn
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Such a classic combination but so beautifully done! Love these little bites of summer.

    • Reply
      Izy
      Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you Kathryn! ‘little bites of summer’ is the perfect description for them

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    jacquelyn |lark&linen
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Oh wow… These look SO good!

    • Reply
      Izy
      Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      thanks Jacquelyn!

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    Leah
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I love this idea, and the photographs are beautiful. I bake in my toaster oven when the summer heat hits. Definitely doable with cookies, and uses way less energy than heating up a whole oven. (And avoids using the energy to cool down your house afterwards! haha).

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      Izy
      Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      thank you so much Leah! That’s such a good solution for summer baking, love it.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    So summery and light! Great combination

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      Izy
      Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      exactly! Thanks Belinda 🙂

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    Salinya
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    These look so good. I’m always happy to find gluten free recipes that I can make for my husband. And anything with cinnamon gets my attention.

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      Izy
      Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Salinya! I love making gluten free recipes because it means more people can enjoy them 🙂

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Love the simplicity of ingredients! I bet the flavors get to shine 🙂

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      Izy
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      thanks Loretta! That’s exactly what I was aiming for 🙂

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    Linda
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Ah, how cute! I love how you tied in the strawberries and cream. They look like the perfect accompaniments to amaretti cookies. I feel like you read my mind as well Izy. I’m really torn about whether or not to even attempt baking anything big this summer because it gets so dang hot out here. I’m pretty sure cookies are the only way to go!

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      Izy
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      hehe, thanks Linda 🙂 It’s such a dilemma of mine, should I bake and overheat, or don’t bake, stay cool and have no dessert!?!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    These are so gorgeous! I love the idea of berries and cookies together!

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      Izy
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      thanks Jocelyn!

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    thelittleloaf
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Strawberries and cream are so quintessentially British – I can’t think of anything better to eat while watching the tennis, except one of these which has the added bonus of a beautiful amaretti biscuit too!

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      Izy
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      It really is, hahah 🙂 Thank you!

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    Emma Galloway
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Love this post Izy! And I too have serious plate envy, love it 🙂

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      Izy
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      thanks Emma! It’s one of my favourite plates 🙂

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    carey
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Oh man, summer cookie perfection!! One of my top favorite summer treats is angel food cake + strawberries + cream, and this is kind of that in chewy cookie form, with almond to make it even better! And they are so adorable, especially with the white chocolate drizzled on top. 😉

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      Izy
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      They totally are! Woah, that sounds incredibly yum 🙂 I looove almond extract with fruits, such a good combo

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    Carol Weber
    Friday, June 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Since you call for 10-15 strawberries, halved, is it safe to assume this makes 20-30 cookies? These look delightful, and I’m planning a dinner party around them…. 😉

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      Izy
      Friday, June 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      indeed! 🙂 haha sounds like a good plan

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    Irina @ wandercrush
    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

    What a beautiful blog you have! So glad to stumble upon it. This dessert is particularly summery and English… makes me miss London already 🙂

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    The Vanilla Bean
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Is it a good idea to use readymade almond flour for this?

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    barbara
    Monday, April 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Looks yummy! Cannot wait to try it!
    Love the plate too! Was just in London for a day but no time to shop!
    Did you find it at a Flea Market?

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