Baci di Dama (Italian Hazelnut Cookies)

Baci di Dama consist of two buttery hazelnut cookies sandwiched together with a dollop of dark chocolate. They are very delicate and have a melt-in-your-mouth texture that is quite addictive.

baci di dama

Baci di dama are cookies typical of Piedmont, the region I come from in the northwest of Italy, known for its sought-after DOP hazelnuts. Piedmont is also rich in other delicacies such as chocolate, the precious white truffles, and wines (Barolo, Barbera, Moscato D’Asti, Asti Spumante, etc).

The name, baci di dama or lady’s kisses, originates from the cookie’s resemblance to two lips intent on giving a kiss.

Tips that will help you make perfect baci di dama:

– If the dough is too crumbly and doesn’t hold together, add ice-cold water (start by adding 1 teaspoon).

– It’s very important to chill the dough for one hour (or even better overnight) AND the cookies for another hour before baking. These steps help them keep their shape while baking.

– If the cookies melt in the oven is usually because your ingredients were not thoroughly combined and there is too much butter in that ball of dough. Knead the dough until the butter is evenly dispersed.

– You can use almonds, hazelnuts or a mix of both. I personally prefer to use hazelnuts.

Baci di dama are the perfect cookies to serve to your guests after dinner with a cup of coffee or espresso! Enjoy!


baci di dama

For more Italian cookie recipes, be sure to check out my Ugly but Good Cookies (Brutti ma Buoni), Cantucci, and Savoiardi (Ladyfingers).

baci di dama (Italian hazelnut cookies)
5 from 9 votes
Baci di Dama (Italian Hazelnut Cookies)
Prep Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
Servings:22 baci di dama
Baci di Dama ( Italian Hazelnut Cookies): two buttery hazelnut cookies sandwiched together with a dollop of dark chocolate. Perfect with a cup of coffee or espresso!
For the cookies:
  • 2/3 cup (100 grams) hazelnuts toasted and skinned
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (100 grams) all-purpose flour sifted
  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) unsalted butter cut into small cubes and at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (85 grams) granulated sugar
For the filling:
  • 1.8 ounces (50 grams) bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chopped
Toast the hazelnuts:
  1. Toast the hazelnuts at 160 degrees C (320 degrees F) for 15 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant.

  2. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and rub them in a kitchen towel until the loose skins come off (don't worry about skins that don't come off).

  3. Once completely cool, pulse the nuts in a food processor until they resemble sand.
  1. Transfer the hazelnuts to a bowl, add the flour, butter, and sugar.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together until the butter is evenly dispersed, and the dough is smooth.

  1. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a log. Chill the logs on a baking sheet for 1 hour.
  1. Cut off equal-sized pieces (more or less weighing 8 grams each) and roll them into tiny balls between the palms of your hands. Work with one log of dough at a time, leaving the others in the fridge, so they stay cold.

  2. Place the balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, slightly spaced apart. Put the baking sheet in the fridge for 1 hour.
  1. Bake the baci di dama for 15 minutes at 160 degrees C (320 degrees F ), until they are set to the touch and lightly golden.
  2. Let the cookies cool completely before filling.
  1. In a clean, dry bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth.  Let it cool for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.

  1. Put a dollop of chocolate on one cookie and place another one on top.

  2. Once filled, put the baci di dama on a cooling wire rack until the chocolate is firm.
  1. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (1 cookie) — Calories: 96, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 1mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 1g

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36 comments on “Baci di Dama (Italian Hazelnut Cookies)”

  1. WOW! This is a wonderful recipe. Your new page looks AWESOME! You did a great job with it.

  2. My first thought was, “ahh, those are soooo cute.” And they are cute. But I’d love a dozen please.

  3. great recipe thank you

  4. We had these while on vacation in Italy and my daughter fell in love. I made these for Christmas and they are wonderful!

  5. Hi Elena, can I add unsweetened cocoa powder to the dough? Thank you… By the way, I really like your recipes πŸ™‚

    • Hi Irlanda! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your comment, I am happy that you like my recipes!:)

      You can add 15 grams of cocoa powder. Let me know if you try them! πŸ˜€

  6. I have made these lovely little biscuits twice, once with pistachio and dark chocolate and one with hazelnuts and Nutella, delicious.

  7. I decided to make these for our good friends since they were visiting for Christmas. I didn’t want to drag out my food processor so I used my coffee grinder. It gave them a slight coffee flavor that paired well with my Oregon Hazelnuts and Indie Chocolate.

  8. Great and easy to make. Thanks for all your tips as well!! I’ve made your recipe about 5 times now and every time it’s a huge success!! Love to treat my friends and family (and myself;) to these cookies. After trying several kinds of nuts and chocolate, i like hazelnut best. With 99%cocoa chocolate. πŸ™‚

  9. Can I use Hazelnut flour? If so, how much?

  10. I am very excited to make these cookies tomorrow (or today depending on how long I can wait for the dough to chill!) I am wondering if you have any suggestions on using cream, mascarpone, or creme fraiche to soften the chocolate and make it creamier.

  11. i made these cookies today .mine didn’t keep their shape although i put the dough back in fridge twice as the recipe required …what did i do wrongΒ 

    • Hi Mona! If the cookies melt in the oven is usually because your ingredients were not thoroughly combined. Knead the dough until the butter is evenly dispersed.

  12. Can you double the recipe or even triple/quadruple haha. I want to make a big batch for Christmas gifts

  13. These are Delicious. After rolling into balls, I moisten them with water and then roll them in more ground nuts.
    Sometimes I also roll them in nuts, bake, then roll in chocolate, instead of doubling them up and again in nuts. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Most yummiest cookie I ever had .great receipe

  15. I’ve made these twice now, once with hazelnuts and once with macadamia nuts. I like the macadamia’s better! Next time I’ll make it easier with Nutella!!!!

  16. I just made it today and it was amazing! Thank you!

  17. these are really good cookies.

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