Amaretti are traditional Italian almond cookies that are popular in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. These delicious treats can be found in various towns and communes in Emilia-Romagna, including Bologna, Modena, and Ferrara. In Bologna, you can find amaretti at Pasticceria Gamberini, a renowned pastry shop that has been serving these cookies for generations. In Modena, you can visit Pasticceria Gollini, a historic bakery that also offers a wide selection of amaretti.

Amaretti can be enjoyed on their own or used as an ingredient in various recipes. One popular recipe is Amaretti Tiramisu, which combines the flavors of amaretti cookies, coffee, and mascarpone cheese. Another delicious option is Amaretti Cheesecake, where crushed amaretti cookies are used as the crust for a creamy cheesecake filling.

Amaretti cookies have received the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which is a certification given to traditional Italian food products. The specifications for amaretti include the use of almonds, sugar, egg whites, and apricot kernels. The cookies should have a round shape, a slightly cracked surface, and a delicate almond flavor.

Sources:
– “Amaretti di Saronno” – www.amarettidisaronno.it
– “Amaretti di Modena” – www.amarettidimodena.it