I recently discovered an Italian sweet called ‘Brutti ma Buoni’ that means ‘Ugly but Good’. I love that name! This recipe is based on my ‘Egg Whites & Almond Cakes’ but inspired by that Italian sweet. The ugly cookies are easy to prepare on the baking tray. Depending on the cooking time and temperature, these cookies can be crispy or soft.


16 Cookies


2 Egg Whites
1/2 cup Caster Sugar *can be 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup
1 pinch Salt
1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/2 cup coarsely chopped Roasted Almonds *You can add more

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C for crispy cookies. Line a baking tray with baking paper. *Note: Bake at slightly higher temperature for shorter time to make soft cookies.
  2. Beat Egg Whites, using an electric mixer, until soft peaks form. Gradually add Caster Sugar and Salt as well, beating well, until thick and glossy. Add Almond Meal and chopped Roasted Almonds, and gently mix to combine.
  3. Place heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture on the baking paper. You should be able to make about 16 cookies. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool. The longer you bake, the crispier the cookies would be.