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Baci di Alassio

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baci di Alassio, chocolate cookies, gluten-free cookies, hazelnut cookies, Italian cookies, Italian desserts
Prep Time: 38 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
hazelnut roasting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 pastries
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Victor
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  • 3 cups hazelnuts level cups; about 375g
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar level cups; about 300g
  • 3 egg whites from large eggs; about 100g
  • 1 2/3 Tbsp honey about 35g
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder heaping tablespoons; about 35g

For the chocolate ganache

  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream about 230g
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate about 150g
  • 1 tsp cognac optional; substitute with brandy or rum if necessary


  • Bring the heavy cream to a boil and pour it over chocolate chips. Stir with a spoon until homogeneous and smooth. Stir in the cognac if desired.
    Chocolate ganache
  • Let the ganache mixture cool down while you are working on the other steps.
    Cooled down ganache mixture.
  • Toast the hazelnuts in the oven at 350F (180C) for 10 minutes. Take the nuts out of the oven and let them cool down. Rub the nuts between your palms to remove the skins.
    Skinning hazelnuts
  • Pulse the nuts and sugar in a food processor (or a blender) until the nuts are finely ground.
    Grinding hazelnuts.
  • Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt to hard peaks.
  • Combine the nut mixture, cocoa powder, whipped egg whites the honey in a bowl. Mix until the mass looks homogeneous.
    Cookie batter in a bowl.
  • Using a pastry bag with a large star tip, pipe the batter onto a large (21" x 15") baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make the batter disks about 1.5" in diameter. The total will be about 48-52 disks.
    Cookie dough piped on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake the pastry shells at 400F (200C) for 10-12 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let them cool down.
    Baked cookie shells.
  • Using a pastry bag with a medium star tip, pipe the ganache on one half of the pastry shells and assemble them into sandwiches.
    Piping ganache on cookie shells.
  • Gently transfer to a serving platter and let the ganache set before serving, about an hour or so.
    Fishing baci cookies with ganache.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg