Baci Di Dama  (Ladies’ Kisses)

prep + cook time 40 minutes (+ cooling & standing)  makes 50

 

100g butter, softened

75g (⅓ cup) caster sugar

100g (1 cup) hazelnut meal

100g (¾ cup) plain flour

 chocolate filling

200g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa solids), chopped

80g butter, chopped

30g (⅓ cup) finely chopped
roasted hazelnuts

 

1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Grease oven trays; line with baking paper.

2     Beat butter and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in sifted hazelnut meal and flour to form a stiff dough.Roll level teaspoons of mixture into balls, place on an oven tray; flatten into 3.5cm rounds. Using a finger, smooth out any cracks around the edges
(this may take some time as the dough is quite stiff).

3     Bake biscuits for 8 minutes or until browned lightly. Stand for 5 minutes before transferring
to wire racks to cool.

4     Meanwhile, make chocolate filling. Sandwich cooled biscuits with 2 teaspoons of chocolate filling.

 

chocolate filling 
Place chocolate and butter in a small heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (don’t let water touch base of bowl); stir until smooth. Stand at room temperature until thickened to a spreadable consistency; stir in chopped hazelnuts.

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