Baci di Dama are two hazelnut cookies that are sandwiched together with melted chocolate. These Italian cookies go great with coffee and make the perfect Holiday gift.
Baci di Dama
Baci di Dama in Italian translated to Lady’s Kisses. These bite-sized cookies are made with toasted hazelnuts and then sandwiched together with chocolate. These cookies combined with coffee make the perfect afternoon treat. Make a few batches and give them as holiday gifts. The best gifts are homemade.
These cookies require just a handful of ingredients. The cookie dough freezes well so, make a few extra batches and keep them handy in the freezer.
Follow these tips to make the hazelnut cookies easily:
- Toast the hazelnuts until fragrant in a preheated 350 °F oven.
- Feel free to substitute toasted almonds for the hazelnuts. If using almonds then, add 1/2 teaspoon of pure almond extract to the batter along with the vanilla extract.
- Form the cookie balls and then freeze them for at least 15-20 minutes. This will help them retain their round shape when baked.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely before sandwiching them together with the chocolate. Attempting to add the chocolate to warm cookies will create a chocolate mess.
- Let the cookies set completely before transferring them to a serving platter.
- Fill the cookies with semisweet, bittersweet, or milk chocolate that has been melted.
- A chocolate hazelnut spread can also be used instead of the melted chocolate. Keep in mind that Nutella takes longer to set and the cookies might slip while setting so try to stand them up in a way where they will set straight.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container.
- If you’re not a fan of chocolate feel free to use fig jam or apricot jam.
More Cookie Recipes to Try:
- Kourabiedes: Greek Almond Cookies
- Amygdalota: Greek Chewy Almond Cookies
- Greek Koulourakia: Vanilla & Chocolate Easter Butter Cookies
- Melomakarona: Greek Honey Dipped Cookies
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- 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup finely ground toasted hazelnuts or almonds
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 °F, 160 °Ç.
In the bowl of a tabletop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat until fluffy and scrape down the bowl in between beating so that all of the ingredients are incorporated.
Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again.
Add the flour in 2-3 batches and beat until incorporated.
Add the ground hazelnuts and beat until incorporated.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 1/2-3/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 5-6 strips.
Take a small portion of dough and shape the dough into about 1-inch balls and place the balls on a baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper.
Chill the cookies in the freezer for about 15 -20 minutes.
Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes. They will be golden around the edges and pale in the center.
Allow the cookies to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl either over a double boiler or in the microwave.
Place a small dollop of the chocolate on the flat side of the cookie and top with another cookie.
Place the cookies back onto the baking tray to set completely.
Serve the cookies with tea or coffee and enjoy!
Store the cookies in an airtight container.
Alternatively, roll the cookies out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch in thickness and use your favorite cookie cutter to cut them out. Bake and drizzle chocolate on top or dust with confectioner's sugar.
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