I thought I’d start this blog by posting the recipe of my all time favourite cookies. Their name means “lady’s kisses” because their shape resembles a kiss. They are originally from Turin, in the Piedmont region of Italy. They are not a family recipe, but these cookies bring back lots of happy childhood memories. They have always been my favourites and my mother would usually buy me a few from the local pastry shop as a treat when I was down with the flu. Now that I live far away and I cannot find them in the shops, I have learnt how to make them myself, so I can bake them for my daughters whenever they get sick (and not only!!!).
Ingredients for 35-40 cookies:
200 gms of almond or hazelnut meal
200 gms of flour
200 gms of softened unsalted butter
200 gms of sugar
80/100 gms of dark cooking chocolate
Mix together the almond meal, the sieved flour, the butter and the sugar and knead into a smooth dough. Make it into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then make 70-80 small balls (2 cm) and put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for 15 minutes. When ready, let the cookies cool down. In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave and let it cool until it thickens. Then stick 2 cookies together with a little bit of melted chocolate. Put them in the fridge for 15 minutes and then serve.
You can also try the chocolate version… just add 2 tablespoons of bitter cocoa powder to the dough.