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Baci di Dama is the Perfect Chocolate Macaroon from Piedmont

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Mar 26, 2014 • References: food52 and food52
When the mood strikes for a chocolate macaroon, that's a pretty good opportunity to try out a recipe for Baci di Dama; an Italian delicacy that incorporates a rich chocolate filling sandwiched between two hazelnut cookies.

Originating from Piedmont, the name of the recipe translates to 'ladies' kisses,' which sounds exactly like what you'd expect. They're sweet, soft and delicate, and together melt the bittersweet chocolate cream to perfect the bite-sized morsel.

While they're a lady-like accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, they also make an excellent late night snack because they're that hard to resist. Like the French macaroon, it's a cookie of perfect proportions and measures. Although they look simple, they're require a certain skill and technique to retain their delicate shape and texture.