Well in the end, I would hardly call this cake '15 minute magic'. I searched high and low for Amaretti, to no avail. I thought it would be easy to find them, but after checking all of my regular foodie places (five or so of them), nothing! I really didn't want to skip this week's recipe though, so I ended up making my own. Understandably, this took a lot longer than 15 minutes! It proved to be a lot more work than I had bargained for, but thanks to Holly of Phe/MOM/enon for choosing this week's recipe.
I found the recipe for my Amaretti at Amanda's Cookin'. She too decided to make her own, so I really appreciate her help! I wouldn't exactly call my cookies authentic though, as I didn't have any almond extract or Amaretto on hand. The cookies still had a distinct almond taste though from the almond meal, which worked well in the torte. I had read Amanda's concern about the cookies being too chewy for the torte, so I dried mine out in the oven a little longer.