With their nutty flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture, these bite-sized hazelnut shortbread and chocolate cookies called Baci di dama or “lady’s kisses” are a special treat to share with a loved one for Valentine’s Day or any time of year.
While a box of chocolates or candy may be what first comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing quite as thoughtful as making a homemade treat to share with your loved ones. So if you’re looking for a sweet treat you can make at home that is sure to make everyone happy, then cookies are in order, and these gluten-free Baci di dama or “Lady’s kisses” cookies are an extra-special and delicious way to say I love you.
Baci di dama consists of two meltingly tender Italian hazelnut shortbread cookies that are sandwiched together with a rich dark chocolate filling. With their wonderfully nutty flavor and delicate melt-in-your-mouth texture, these bite-sized cookies are a wonderful accompaniment to an afternoon espresso or an after-dinner treat. Plus they’re easy enough to make that everyone in the family can lend a hand in the kitchen for some Valentine’s Day fun.
How to Make Gluten-Free Baci Di Dama:
Originally from Italy’s Piedmont region (an area renowned for their excellent hazelnuts), Baci di dama are traditionally made with hazelnuts. You’ll need to toast them and remove the skins before grinding them into a powdery flour in the food processor (a few minutes in the oven and a quick rub with a clean kitchen towel is all it takes).
Once you have your flour all you need are a bowl and a spoon to mix the eggless dough together. When ready, it goes into the fridge to chill until firm, then is rolled into tiny balls and baked until lightly golden. The dough will spread ever so slightly to create half domes that are then filled with a spoonful of chocolate and pressed together. All that’s left is to let the cookies set (which is arguably the hardest part) and they are ready to serve or gift.
Packed with hazelnut and chocolate, these tiny treats are sure to quickly become a new favorite.