Christina Pirello's Baci di Damas (Ladies Kisses)

Baci di Damas (Ladies Kisses)

These crisp on the outside, tender on the inside sandwich cookies are each just one bite of richness with deep rich chocolate in the center. And just like ladies’ kisses, they’ll leave you wanting more.
Yields 36 Sandwich Cookies
Author Christina Pirello


  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter substitute cold
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup finely ground almond or hazelnut meal I use Bob’s Red Mill
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour I use Super Sprout sprouted wheat flour from Lindley Mills

Chocolate filling

  • 1 ounce non-dairy dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup I use Suzanne’s Specialties


  1. Preheat oven to 350oF and position the oven racks in the middle and lower middle of the oven. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream the cold vegan butter with vanilla, coconut sugar and sea salt until smooth in a stand mixer. Add arrowroot, baking soda almond/hazelnut meal and flour. Mix until a soft dough forms. Do not over-mix. Turn the dough onto a dry work surface and create a soft ball. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces.
  3. Roll each piece into a rope about 10 inches long and about ¾-inch thick. Cut the rope into ¾-inch pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and arrange on baking sheet about an inch apart. Repeat with balance of dough. You should have between 72 and 80 small balls of dough on the baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 16 minutes, rotating the racks halfway through baking, at 8 minutes. The cookies should be a wee bit soft to the touch. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks and cool completely.
  5. When the cookies are cooled, make the chocolate filling. Melt chocolate and rice syrup in a heat-resistant bowl over simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water), whisking often until the chocolate is creamy smooth and shiny. Transfer bowl to a dry towel on your work surface. Pairing cookies of similar size, spoon ¼-teaspoon of filling on the flat side of a cookie and gently press the flat site of the other cookie into the chocolate, creating a tiny “sandwich.” Repeat with all cookies and chocolate.

Recipe Notes

COOK’S TIP: If the chocolate thickens while you are working, simply loosen it over simmering water for a few seconds and continue.

COOK’S TIP: I use rimmed cookie sheets for this recipe as I want the cookies to be tender inside and I have found that rimless “cookie” sheets result in a hard cookie.