Recipe courtesy of Allison Robicelli

Baci di Dama

The history of these cookies is vague, but it's easy to see where they got their name, which is Italian for "Lady's Kisses". Who wouldn't want to kiss the person who gave them two splendid hazelnut butter cookies, held together with a rich dollop of Nutella?
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 dozen cookies
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup ground skinned hazelnuts 

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cubed

1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella 


  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, confectioners' sugar, ground hazelnuts, baking powder and salt until completely combined. Add the cold butter all at once, and continue to pulse until it comes together.
  2. Place the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten to about 1 inch, then wrap well and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  4. Pinch off teaspoon-sized pieces of dough and roll into small balls, then transfer to the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through, until dry to the touch, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool undisturbed (the cookies are fragile) on the cookie sheets on a rack. 
  5. Once cool, spread the chocolate hazelnut spread on the bottoms of the cookies and sandwich them together. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.