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How to make Almond Vanilla cookies

Almond vanilla cookies or Brutti ma buoni are a traditional type of Italian cookie made with almonds and vanilla.

They are perfect treat for any time of day, especially when enjoyed together with a good glass of sparkling wine or a mug of coffee or hot chocolate.



  • 1 ¼ lb almonds
  • ½ lb egg white
  • 1 lb sugar
  • 1 oz butter
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 1 package vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)



Blanch the almonds in boiling water, then roast on an oven tray and finely chop them.

almond in a pan

cooked almonds

Whisk the egg whites to firm peaks, add the chopped almonds, sugar, a bit of cinnamon and vanilla extract, slowly stirring with a spoon.

almonds in a pan

grind almonds


Put everything into a saucepan over a very low heat until it dries up, stirring continuously for about half an hour.


almond vanilla cookies preparation

Butter an oven sheet and spoon small dollops onto it giving them a round shape.

almond vanilla cookies preparation

raw almond vanilla cookies

raw almond vanilla cookies

Turn on the oven on a low heat (260°F), put the sheet in and bake for about 40 minutes.

almond vanilla cookies

almond vanilla cookies

Take out of the oven and allow to cool.

They can be kept in tightly closed tins for some time.

Almond vanilla cookies are now ready to be served!

almond vanilla cookies

almond vanilla cookies

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