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Chocolate Kisses (Baci di Cioccolato)

Blossom Lady
Dec 29, 2020 03:29 AM
Chocolate Kisses (Baci di Cioccolato)

Named for their shape which is said to resemble the lips of a lady intent on kissing, baci di dama or 'ladies' kisses' have become a fixture in Piedmontese pasticcerie since their invention in the town of Tortona over a century and a half ago. These adorably sophisticated cookies are a variation of Italy’s famous baci di dama (lady’s kisses), which consist of two bite-size hazelnut cookies surrounding a rich chocolate filling. In DePalma’s words, “Baci means ‘kisses’ in Italian, and here two chocolate cookies are sandwiched with a kiss of chocolate ganache. It is highly likely that the lucky people who devour them will kiss you for making them.” Having made these intensely-chocolate cookies for the chocoholics in my family, I can confirm this is true.

The premise for making these elegant, bite-sized morsels would appear to be simple. The three main tricks to getting these biscuits right: cold butter; several hours ofresting time in the refrigerator (or freezer, if pressed for time); and a relatively low temperature oven. By taking these precautions, your biscuits will refrain from sinking too much and have that delicate, melt in your mouth consistency.

Ingredients:

FOR THE COOKIES

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)

FOR THE GANACHE FILLING

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum (optional)
Prep Time:
45 minutes
Cook Time:
15 minutes
Total Time:
60 minutes
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lisa
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Sep 10, 2021 06:54 AM

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