The name Baci di Dama literally means lady's kisses, as the biscuits are paired together to resemble kissing lips. They are originally from Tortona, which is in the region of Piemonte, an area famed for its hazelnuts and sweet treats... Its most famous being Nutella!
Baci di Dama were created in the 1800s, but spread throughout the land thanks to their melt-in-the-mouth texture and perfect balance of flavours.
One useful tip is to keep the biscuits on the small side so they cook evenly. Some cooks choose to cook them with a mix of almond and hazelnut flour, so it's up to you. They are a little fiddly to make, but, just like real kisses, they're always worth the effort.
Want to master Italian cuisine? The best place to discover its secrets is in local homes with real experts.