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Lemon Amaretti Cookies | The BEST Italian Cookies

Lemon Amaretti Cookies are a delicious take on traditional Italian Amaretti cookies. Soft and chewy amaretti cookies are great for any occasion. Made with almond flour, sugar, egg whites, lemon zest and juice, and rolled in powdered sugar.

Lemon Amaretti Cookies

Soft and chewy lemon amaretti cookies are the recipe you need in your life! This pretty and simple cookie comes together in minutes and are great for holiday cookie exchanges, brunches, or just when you need a delicious treat.

These Lemon Amaretti Cookies are so simple to make and only require six ingredients:

  • Almond Flour
  • Sugar
  • Egg Whites
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Lemon
  • Powdered Sugar

If you’ve never had an amaretti cookie, it’s a crackled cookie that’s chewy on the inside. The traditional Amaretti Cookie recipe features Amaretto liqueur and almond extract. And for a lemon cocktail, don’t miss this Limoncello Spritz.

So if you love lemon and the chewy texture of amaretti cookies, you are going to love this recipe. Perfect for holidays, gifting, or just a great cookie to have on hand for snacking.

Lemon Amaretti Cookies on a plate.

How to make Lemon Amaretti Cookies

Firstly, you need to preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment or non-stick baking mat.

Secondly, whisk together the almond flour and sugar. You can find almond flour at any grocery store. If you’ve never baked with it before, almond flour is simply ground up blanched (peeled) almonds.

Next, you will need to whisk together the eggs whites and cream of tartar. You want to beat the eggs until they reach the point of about medium peaks; they will hold their shape but are not quite at the firm stage. Then, fold in the lemon zest and lemon juice into the eggs.

Finally, use a spoon to combine the dry ingredients with the egg mixture. Stir until just combined. The mixture will be slightly crumbly.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop out even-sized balls of dough. Roll into a ball using your hands. Lastly, roll the ball in powdered sugar and place on your baking sheet leaving about an inch between the cookies.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the cookies are light in color and slightly golden on the bottom. Cool on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack.

Close up of soft and chewy texture.

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Finished cookies piled on a white plate.

I hope you love this recipe for Lemon Amaretti Cookies! These soft and chewy cookies are great for any occasion. Give them a try and comment below to let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Lemon Amaretti Cookies
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5 from 11 votes

Lemon Amaretti Cookies

These traditional lemony Italian cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Made with almond flour, egg whites, and lemon, these simple cookies are a perfect treat anytime of the year.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Amaretti cookies, Italian Cookies, Italian Dessert, lemon amaretti cookies
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 91kcal


  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (one lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (for rolling)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour and sugar; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, whisk the eggs whites and cream of tartar until they hold peaks. Whisk in the lemon zest and juice until just combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and use a spoon to stir until all ingredients are combined and a dough forms.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out 1 inch balls of dough. Use your hands to roll the dough into a ball shape. Then roll the ball in powdered sugar just to coat. Place the cookie on the baking sheet leaving about an inch and a half between each cookie.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are lightly golden and the tops of the cookies start to crack. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.



These cookies can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. 


Calories: 91kcal
Lemon Amaretti Cookies.
Recipe Rating


Saturday 21st of May 2022

We didn't have cream of tar tar, so I replaced this with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice. Turned out perfectly and my husband and three children all liked them too. Lovely consistency. They're gone already, so I guess this one will be made again. Thank you.


Monday 23rd of May 2022

You're welcome! Glad the lemon juice worked :)

Merlene Koch

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

So eary and absoloutely delicious. 1. Can you omit lemon and add cocoa instead. If so, do ingredients have to change? 2. Can you use liquor instead of lemon?

Look forward to your response


Sunday 22nd of August 2021

I've never tried with cocoa, so I'm not sure the measurements. And you can definitely substitute liquor if you like. Enjoy!

Maria Kember

Saturday 12th of December 2020

Can you please tell me if Almond Flour and Almond Meal are the same. I've never seen Almond Flour where I live. Would Almond Meal be ok?


Monday 14th of December 2020

The main difference is that almond meal is made from raw un blanched almonds and almond flour is made from blanched (peeled) almonds. You should be able to use them interchangeable when baking. Enjoy!

Judith Pusateri

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Made these for my family and coworkers...liked by all! And so easy.


Sunday 11th of October 2020

Hi Judith! So happy you all loved them! :)


Monday 28th of September 2020

First time baking a lemon version of amaretti and we all loved it! I will need to alternative between straight almond and this lemon version from now on. :)