To me, you can’t go wrong when a recipe results in just the right balance of crunch and goo! This is one of those. BACI DI DAMA (Lady Kisses) are the most amazing little bundles of cookie joy coming from the Northern Italian region of Piemonte. First, you bite into the crispy crunch of the cookie and then you reach the gooey center – So much fun to eat. They are sort of the Italian answer to French Macaroons.
Why Lady Kisses? Over time, some thought they looked like two pairs of lips kissing. Who wouldn’t want to smooch with that delicious chocolate filling? Sounds reasonable. They are often found in Italy at Christmas time, but I think they are appropriate any time – especially when wanting to impress a lover or a Valentine!
There are many recipes out there for these enchanting bites. My BACI DI DAMA are made with almond paste , which I adore, insuring a crispy outer “shell and slightly chewy center. They also contain cocoa powder, giving them a more chocolate flavor. I simply love these and I dare you to stop eating them!
They are soooo easy and so much fun to make using this recipe. Everything goes into the food processor except the filling. It just doesn’t get and easier and the result is a pile of tiny treasures or little packages which go a long way to securing the affection of someone you just might be trying to attract!
BACI DI DAMA
Makes: 3 1/2-4 dozen
Prep: 45 minutes
Bake: about 20-25 minutes
2 8 oz. Cans Almond Paste – broken up with hands
3/4 C. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp. Flour
2 Tbsp. Honey
1/4 Tsp. Almond Extract
1/2 C. Chopped almonds or hazelnuts
2 Egg Whites
Pinch of Salt
(If using the Lindt Intense Orange Dark Chocolate mentioned below for a filling option – add a couple of teaspoons of grated Orange Zest to the dough)
Melted Dark Chocolate – I like Lindt Intense Orange for these if using chocolate.
Place all above ingredients except those for filling into the bowl of a food processor – With on/off turns process until dough is well mixed.
Transfer dough to a large bowl – easier to work with than in the processor bowl.
Roll the dough into very small balls – no bigger than 3/4 in to 1 inch onto a cookie sheet covered with a sheet of parchment paper. If hands become sticky, dust them with a little flour or dampen them slightly.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes – time depends on your oven. Do not over bake. They will be a little soft coming off the sheet and will firm up as they cool.
Let them cool completely before filling.
Place a very small dab of Nutella or Melted Dark Chocolate or Orange Chocolate on the flat side of one of the cookies.
Top it with the flat side of another cookie and press lightly.
Enjoy these BACI DI DAMA with someone special. They are a perfect finish to a romantic dinner or evening – maybe with a liqueur, or Prosecco! They are much too good to just keep for yourself!
PARLA COME MANGI!
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