Baci Di Dama

Baci Di Dama

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted , any loose skins rubbed off in a kitchen towel, and cooled
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, well softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, melted  (Melt chocolate in the microwave over low heat, or in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets with butter or line with parchment paper.

    Put nuts into food processor with confectioner’s sugar and pulse until finely ground. Don’t let it become a paste.

    Place the softened butter, zest, salt, and nut mixture in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add flour, and baking powder, stirring until mixed.

    Form little balls the size of marbles (I made mine bigger but they get a more rounded appearance if they’re smaller.) Place on greased baking sheets and bake, one sheet at a time, until pale golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool, then spread a little melted chocolate on one half and press a second cookie onto the other side.