Lady’s kisses? Maybe Baci di Dama is better!
Baci di Dama are the quintessence of Piedmont: hazelnuts and chocolate, what a delicious combination! I also found the recipe on American book “The cookie and biscuit bible” by Catherine Atkinson…it’s so strange to see the translation of the italian name, but actually, they are Lady’s Kisses! So I tried this version of the recipe with almonds. Not bad….
150g butter (softened)
115g white sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 coffee spoon almond flavor
115g almond flour (you can obtained it by mixing almonds in an electric mixer)
175g all purpose flour
50g dark chocolate
Whisk the butter with the sugar until fluffy. Add the egg yolk and the almond essence. Then add the almond flour and the all purpose flour, mixing well with a spatula.
Wrap the dough tightly in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hour. Then take small amounts of dough (if you want to make them all perfectly equal, just use the balance!), shape little balls and place on a baking pan covered with a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 160°C for about 20 minutes (they have to remain quite pale). Let them cool.
When cooled, melt the chocolate in a bain marie or in the microwave, take two pieces and stick them together with a bit of chocolate in the middle.
Let cool before serving, so that the chocolate can stick the two pieces together.