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Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies (Baci di Dama)

These cookies are classic to the region of Piedmont in northern Italy, where hazelnuts reign supreme. This cookie brings on all that delicious hazelnut flavor, and the combination with a milk chocolate and hazelnut filling in between each light and airy cookie is just divine. 

If you can't find hazelnut flour, you can also take whole hazelnuts and place them in the food processor until they reach a very finely ground consistency. Almond flour will also work!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies (Baci di Dama)

Prep Time

25 minutes

Cook Time

12 minutes

Calories

123

Author:

The Giadzy Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • ¾ cup flour, such as Petra
  • 1 cup hazelnut flour, (or almond flour, firmly packed)
  • For The Filling:

  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed until pale, light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, salt and egg. Beat again for 1 minute. Add the flour and hazelnut flour and mix on low until just combined.
  3. Using a very small ice cream scoop or just scant of 2-teaspoon portions, portion the cookie dough mounds. Roll each one into a small ball in your hand, then place on the baking sheet at least 1 inch apart from each other. The dough should yield about 44 cookies. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until just set and barely browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven to cool completely to room temperature.
  4. Meanwhile, add the chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until they are completely melted. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread and mix until completely combined. Allow to cool to room temperature so that it is not runny.
  5. Using either a piping bag or spoon, dollop just over a teaspoon of the chocolate hazelnut mixture onto the bottom side of half of the cookies. Allow the chocolate to slightly set for about 2 minutes before lightly pressing the second half of the cookie down on top. Allow the cookies to sit undisturbed until the chocolate has set, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
123
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
12 grams
Protein
2 grams
Fat
9 grams
Saturated Fat
5 grams
Trans Fat
1 grams
Cholesterol
20 milligrams
Sodium
33 milligrams
Fiber
1 grams
Sugar
4 grams
Unsaturated Fat
2 grams
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2 reviews & comments

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    Eddy Torres
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    This recipe looks easy and delicious. I am definitely in on this one! I may use Nutella for filling . I have it available. Thank you Giada, my love.xoxoxo! What magical hands and heavenly smile you have. Bless you 🙏

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    Susan Paret
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    I tried this recipe and LOVED it!! Absolutely delicious! The cookies melt in your mouth and the chocolate hazelnut combination is wonderful. I am definitely adding this to my Christmas cookie list! Thank you Giada!

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