I love the flavor of amaretto, so we gave the recipe a little twist. It’s flavored with maple syrup, ginger, lemon, and amaretto, and filled with a lightly sweetened amaretto whipped cream. I’m sold.
Amaretto Brandy Snaps – makes about 24
1 stick butter
1/4 c. maple syrup
2 T. light corn syrup (or extra maple syrup)
1/2 c. raw sugar (or a 50/50 mix of white and brown sugar)
3/4 c. flour
1/8 t. salt, if using unsalted butter
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. lemon juice
1 T. amaretto
For the filling:
2 c. whipping cream
1/3 c. granulated sugar
2 T. amaretto, or to taste
Preheat the oven to 325° and line two baking trays with parchment paper*. Melt the butter, syrups, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a bubble and let it cook for one minute. Remove the pot from the heat and add the flour, salt, and ginger. Once the batter is smooth, stir in the amaretto and lemon juice.
Scoop dough by tablespoon-fulls onto the lined baking sheets. You only want to do six at a time on each sheet, since they will spread out a lot. Bake for about 11 minutes, until they are golden brown and all bubbly and lacy looking. Pull them out of the oven and let the cookies cool for 2-3 minutes, until they are still flexible but cool enough to handle. One by one, wrap the brandy snaps around the buttered handle of a spoon or some other utensil (a wooden spoon is about right for us) to get the classic tube shape. I’ve had success just shaping them by hand, too. While you’re wrapping them, make sure they’re wide enough to fill with whipped cream later.
Once the brandy snaps have cooled, combine the cream, sugar, and amaretto in a large bowl. Whip until it’s stiff and then use a piping bag to fill the brandy snaps. If you want to take the easier route, a canister of store-bought whipped cream works great too. I’m a big fan of the easy route.
*Note: You can also line your baking sheets with a Silpat, but we found that the cookies don’t “grip” as well and aren’t as lacy. In the picture above the recipe, the top cookie was baked on silicon and the lower was on parchment. Just FYI.