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ISO ricciarelli (italian almond cookies)

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Ever since trying these in Siena, we've been looking for them in Montreal, with no luck. They're made with marzipan/ almond paste/ ground almonds and egg whites (but are soft, not crisp) and are almond-shaped, and usually sprinkled with powdered sugar. Has anyone ever heard of these? They are too good to not be widely available!

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  1. Sounds pretty much like a soft Amaretti cookie (foods has different names in different parts of italy, so i'm not familiar with that name). Careful, cause you can also refer to the crispy, hollow almond cookie as amaretti as well. Any good Italian bakery will have them, I actually had some really good ones yesterday from Boulangerie & Patisserie Napoleon on Jarry in St Leonard.
    Hope this helps!

    1. You can try Pasta Cassareccia also if you're not in the Little Italy/Market area as they usually have a good stock of cookies and sweets. I think I've bought some here with a gift basket that they put together aroudn the holidays.

      1. Boulangerie LaSalle on blvd Newman in LaSalle (next to the McDonald's)

        1. I vaguely remember buying something that fit this description from Alati-Caserta in Little Italy a while ago. Maybe give them a call to see?

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          1. re: NickinMtl

            Thanks - that was the first place we tried and they didn't seem to have any idea what we were talking about - but maybe they just didn't know them by the same name...will try again. Good excuse for some cannolis... We tried a cookie there that looked promising but turned out to be hazelnut, not almond.

            1. re: stak

              Wouldn't want to mislead you, that was a while ago and it might have been hazelnut, just don't remember for sure. I'd guess if you go to Roma, Alati-Caserta and Motta and don't find them, they're gonna be hard to find.

          2. Instead of asking for ricciarelli, I would recommend you just ask them if they have amaretti's. That may help.

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            1. re: chefjeannine

              Yes, but specifying soft/chewy ones. If finding them fresh-made isn't crucial, the first place I would check is Milano. There should be at least one brand on the shelves.

              1. re: Mr F

                Exactly, or else they may direct you to the crispy, hollow ones.

                1. re: Mr F

                  I forgot about this thread... but in fact Milano does have at least one brand of soft amaretti. They're kind of stashed away, so the easiest thing to do is just ask someone where they are.

              2. There is a greek cookie that is as you describe except they are round and are not dusted with sugar; they are called amygdalota and they are divine. If all else fails, try a reputable greek bakery.

                1. If you have no luck in finding them in Montreal, Nigella Lawson has a recipe for them. Do a quick google search and you'll be on your way!