Ugly but Good Cookies: Brutti ma Buoni

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
YIELD: about 30 cookies
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto
  • 4 oranges, zested
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
    • Directions

      Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet and dust it with some flour.

      Place whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip to soft peak. Add the sugar steadily and beat for 2 minutes. Stop the machine and add the flour, vanilla, amaretto, zest, and cocoa powder. Mix for 1 minute and stop the machine. Stir in the nuts quickly and place 2-inch blobs on cookie sheet 1-inch apart. Bake 30 minutes until crisp. Remove and allow to cool.

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