Italian Ladies Kisses (Baci di Dama)
10 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp almond essence
1 cup ground almonds
1 1/2 cup flour
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, blend together butter and sugar. Add egg yolk, almond essence, almonds and flour and continue beating until batter is evenly blended, light and crumbly. Place batter in refrigerator, covered, to chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Using your hands, roll 60 3/4-inch balls of dough. Place on baking sheet, slightly flatten tops and bake for 20 minutes.
When cookies have cooled, melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. For each cookie sandwich, spread chocolate with a knife on the flat side (bottom) of cookie and top with another cookie (the cookie sandwich should be bottom to bottom). Makes 30 sandwich cookies.
Note: These are adorable, dainty looking cookies. Perfect for a bridal or baby shower or tea party!
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