Amaretti (Italy)

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Ingredients
500g almond meal
1 3/4 cups (400g) caster sugar
4 egg whites
1 tbs vanilla essence
30 whole blanched almonds
30 red glace cherries, halved
Method
Preheat oven to 160°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Place almond meal, sugar, egg whites and vanilla essence in a large bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Roll 2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Place on the trays. Press a blanched almond into the top of half of the biscuits and a glace cherry into the remaining balls.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden. Set aside to cool slightly on the trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.