I've never had Amaretti cookies but I've seen Giada use them plenty of times. I went to Safeway (first stop), Trader Joes, and then intended to go to AJ's or World Market, but didn't make it. So, I got ambitious and decided to make them myself, since my son was already asleep and a trip to the store wouldn't work. So, I started on the recipe and had the food processor purring when I realized I didn't have any almond extract. I subbed some Almond Flavored Syrup I use for Italian Sodas. Well, it didn't quite do it. The cookies came out cute but not quite as delicious as I imagined. I ground them up, made the torte, and scooped the batter into mini tart pans to bake. The batter tasted delicious and I set the timer for 20 minutes. When I came in, they were no where near streaky or anything like Dorie described! Unfortunately, too many subs and too much time in the oven ruined these. They were over cooked so I didn't bother to frost them. But, when I find those delicious cookies Dorie describes (and my almond extract... it's with my cake dec stuff somewhere in a box) I'll try again. Be sure to check everyone's beautiful Tortes from Tuesdays with Dorie and keep an eye out for those cookies!
Check back later for my Easter Dessert... Lemon Curd Cheesecake without a water bath or any drama- just deliciousness!