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Lady’s Kisses – Baci di Dama (Italian Cookies)

These delicious Italian cookies are called Baci di Dama or Lady’s kisses. They’re made with simple hazelnut and almond flour cookies sandwiched together with a chocolate hazelnut spread. These pretty little cookies are perfect served with coffee after dinner and make great foodie gifts for special occasions!

An overhead shot of lady's kisses cookies in a large bowl with coffees at the side

I saw these cookies everywhere in Italy, in bakeries and bars piled high amongst the flaky buttery pastries, custard filled donuts and beautifully simple cakes.

The thing I love about these lady’s kisses is that they aren’t overly sweet. They’re made with crushed hazelnuts and ground almonds (almond flour) which gives them a wonderful nuttiness and crumbly texture.

They’re filled with a modest amount of chocolate hazelnut spread so they don’t feel sickly and they go perfectly alongside a coffee. They are also so easy to make and they keep really well, two things I love! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so whenever I bake I try to make things that will keep for a few days or longer.

How To Make Lady’s Kisses (Baci di Dama) – Step By Step

First, put the hazelnuts on a tray and toast them in the oven for 5 minutes (photo 1).

Let them cool for a minute or two then blitz them in a food processor until they resemble very fine breadcrumbs. Add them to a bowl with all the other dry ingredients (photo 2 & 3).

Mix all the dry ingredients together then add the softened butter. Using your hands combine the ingredients together until a dough has formed. Form it into a bowl, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 2 hours (photos 4-6).

Step by step photos for making lady's kisses cookies

Once chilled remove the dough from the fridge and using your hands pick up a small amount of dough and pinch it together using your fingers so it sticks together and feels pliable. Roll it very lightly between the palms of your hands to form a small 1 inch sized ball (photo 7).

Continue with the rest of the dough placing the balls on a lined baking tray then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, you’ll probably need to do this in two batches (photo 8).

To fill the cookies simply take one cookie and place a small amount of chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle (around 1/2 tsp). Place another cookie on top and press them together to spread the filling out evenly (photos 9 – 11).

A two collage image of sandwiching together lady's kisses cookies

Top Tips For Making These Cookies;

  • Make sure to leave the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This helps relax the dough and ensure it’s firm enough for rolling.
  • When rolling the dough into small balls make sure to pick up a small piece of dough and squash it slightly between your fingers.
  • Roll it very lightly in the palms of your hands. It’s important to not use to much pressure or the dough will crumble.
  • When the cookies come out of the oven make sure to let them cool before touching them as they’ll be very soft and they need to harden before filling.
  • You can also fill these with melted dark or milk chocolate if you prefer.
  • Store these cookies on an airtight container for up to 1 week.

A close up of lady's kisses cookies in a bowl with two cups of coffee at the side

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Lady's Kisses - Baci di Dama

These delicious Italian cookies are called Baci di Dama or Lady's kisses. They're made with simple hazelnut and almond flour cookies sandwiched together with a chocolate hazelnut spread.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baci di Dama, Italian Cookies, Lady's Kisses
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chilling time 2 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 266kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (100g) hazelnuts
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup (100g) demerara sugar
  • 2/3 cups (100g) plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup (100g) butter softened
  • 10 tsp chocolate hazelnut spread (1/2 tsp per cookie)

Instructions

  • First, put the hazelnuts on a tray and toast them in the oven at 320F (160C) for 5 minutes (photo 1)
  • Let them cool for a minute or two then blitz them in a food processor until they resemble very fine breadcrumbs. Add them to a bowl with all the other dry ingredients (photo 2 & 3).
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together then add the softened butter. Using your hands combine the ingredients together until a dough has formed. Form it into a bowl, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 2 hours (photos 4-6).
  • Preheat the oven to 320F (160F). Once chilled remove the dough from the fridge and using your hands pick up a small amount of dough and pinch it together using your fingers so it sticks together and feels pliable. Roll it very lightly between the palms of your hands to form a small 1 inch sized ball (photo 7).
  • Continue with the rest of the dough placing the balls on a lined baking tray then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, you'll probably need to do this in two batches (photo 8).
  • To fill the cookies simply take one cookie and place a small amount of chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle (around 1/2 tsp). Place another cookie on top and press them together to spread the filling out evenly (photos 9 - 11).

Notes

  • Make sure to leave the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This helps relax the dough and ensure it's firm enough for rolling.
  • When rolling the dough into small balls make sure to pick up a small piece of dough and squash it slightly between your fingers.
  • Roll it very lightly in the palms of your hands. It's important to not use to much pressure or the dough will crumble.
  • When the cookies come out of the oven make sure to let them cool before touching them as they'll be very soft and they need to harden before filling.
  • You can also fill these with melted dark or milk chocolate if you prefer.
  • Store these cookies on an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lady's Kisses - Baci di Dama
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Potassium 74mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Baci di Dama - Lady's Kisses. These cute little Italian cookies are made with hazelnuts and ground almonds and are sandwiched together with chocolate hazelnut spread. So delicious, easy and perfect with a cup of coffee. #Insidetherustickitchen #cookies #Italianrecipes #desserts

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    kim
    November 14, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Loving the flavors in this! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply
    Holly
    November 14, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Oh how beautiful! You took me right through the process with your step by step photos. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Jen
    November 14, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Hazelnut anything= perfection. These are right up my alley!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    November 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    We actually used to make these in school, so they are bringing back happy memories for me.

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    November 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    These look incredible! I love nutella so much, and love that you used it as a cookie sandwich filling. So delicious!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    November 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I LOVE baci di dama but have never made them! However, I have some hazelnuts I bought in the Langhe region (home to nutella) and some hazelnut chocolate cream from the same area! Now I know what I’m going to use them for! Pinning for later!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      November 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Hey Jacqueline, ooh I bet that hazelnut cream is to die for, this is the perfect recipe to use it! Hope you enjoy!

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