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Chocolate Kisses

Baci di Cioccolato

(Makes about 4 dozen)
Chocolate Kisses - Baci di Cioccolato
Chocolate Kisses - Baci di Cioccolato
Chocolate filled sandwich cookies are a favorite in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's
Romeo and Juliet.  They are made in a variety of combinations and are sometimes referred
to as "Juliet's kisses."  These bite-size chocolate kisses can also be made with ground
hazelnuts instead of almonds and filled with Nutella.
Ingredients:

1-2/3 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted almonds
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Filling:
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons rum, grappa, Kahlua, or another liqueur

Directions:

In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light
and fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla.  Add the almonds and beat to blend in.  Add the
flour mixture in thirds, beating after each addition until a smooth dough forms.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Put the granulated sugar in a small bowl.

With your hands, roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls.  Roll each ball in the
granulated sugar to coat it.  Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets
about 1-inch apart.  Gently press the balls to flatten them slightly.  Bake for 10-
12 minutes until firm but not browned.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking
sheets for 5 minutes.  Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the filling:
Heat the heavy cream to a simmer.  Add the chopped chocolate and allow to
sit for 5 minutes.  Add the liqueur of your choice.  Stir until the mixture is thick
and smooth.  If the mixture it too thin to spread, refrigerate it until slightly
thickened.

Spread a small amount of the filling on the bottom of one cookie.  Place
another cookie bottom side down on the filling and press together.  Place the
cookies on a wire rack until the filling is set.  Repeat with the remaining
cookies and filling.  Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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PERUGINA BACI
The iconic Italian truffle known as Baci is
a confection filled with gianduja, a blend
of chocolate and hazelnuts, that comes
wrapped in silver foil with blue print.  Still
made in the heart of Perugia in Umbria,
from its original recipe, Baci (which
means "kisses") were created by Luisa
Spagnoli in 11922 as a treat for someone
she loved.
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