Baci di Dama

Baci di dama translates into lady’s kisses, probably because they resemble two lips coming together to form a kiss – or at least that’s my imagination as to what an Italian man from the 1800s must have imagined.

I first encountered these little hazelnut shortbread delights while working and studying Italian food near Alba in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. I was lucky enough to learn many little confectionary delights from Ugo Alciati, who was considered one of Italy’s premier chefs at that time (ca. 1999). I then received another recipe from an Italian chef friend working in

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