Baci di dama – 'lady's kisses'

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These beautiful little hazelnut biscuits are famous all over Italy, often packaged in beautiful tins and boxes for giving as gifts around Christmas. They are, however, incredibly easy to make at home, with simple hazelnut shortbreads sandwiched together with rich dark chocolate.

First published in 2018




  • 75g of blanched hazelnuts
  • 75g of sugar
  • 75g of plain flour
  • 75g of unsalted butter, cubed
  • 60g of dark chocolate


Preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Place the hazelnuts on a tray and toast in the oven for 6 minutes, or until lightly coloured. Stir the nuts occasionally whilst toasting to ensure an even finish. Transfer the nuts to a blender and blitz to a fine powder
Add the sugar, flour and butter into the blender with the hazelnuts and blitz until a dough begins to form
Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and roll into 2 logs. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour
Divide the dough into 8g balls and lay out on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Place back in the fridge to rest for another hour
Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Bake the biscuits for 20-25 minutes or until the spheres have relaxed into dome shapes and are dry to the touch. Transfer to a cooling rack
Once the biscuits have cooled, melt the chocolate in a microwave or in a bain-marie. Using a piping bag or small teaspoon, cover the flat end of one biscuit with chocolate and stick another biscuit to it to form a little sandwich
Carefully place the biscuits in the fridge for 5 minutes to set the chocolate
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days
First published in 2018

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