• Makes12 servings

Here's a super-easy one that can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer, leaving you free to do other stuff. Like buy presents. Or make another dessert.


  • 2 cups 35% cream

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

  • 2 tbsp amaretti cookie, (Italian almond cookies) or other crisp cookies, crushed

  • 2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 2 egg whites


  • In a large bowl, beat the cream with the icing sugar until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the amaretti crumbs, chopped chocolate and vanilla.

  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the cream concoction.

  • Place paper or foil muffin liners into the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan. Spoon the tortoni mixture into the paper liners, dividing the mixture evenly (a kid job if ever I saw one). Sprinkle the tops with a little more chopped chocolate or cookie crumbs.

  • Freeze for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

  • Let the Tortoni stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes to soften slightly before serving.

This article was originally published on Dec 01, 1997

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