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Bocche di Dama... the Queen of the almond based cookies from Puglia! your social media marketing partner


  • 1 pound blanched peeled almonds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 ounces Amarene cherries drained
  • *If you cannot find amarena cherries you may substitute with any sour cherries in syrup or cherry preserves.


  •     Powdered sugar
  •     Milk
  •     Semi-sweet chocolate


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  • To prepare the paste, boil the almonds and remove the peel. Once they are cold and somewhat dry, put them in a food processor or a blender and chop them finely. About 2 mins.
  • Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add the lemon zest, the sugar and egg whites. Mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste.
  • Take a lump of mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball the size slightly smaller than a golf ball. Press your finger into the ball, insert  in the opening 2  cherries and close the ball again by rolling it in your hands.
  • Place all the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 15-16 mins. at 350F. Let them cool.
  • Make your icing by mixing the milk and sugar. The icing should be  thick.
  • Dip each cookies in the icing and put them to dry on a rack. Alternatively you can just dust some powdered sugar on them.
  • Melt the chocolate and put it in a plastic bag. Cut a small end of the bag and decorate the cookies as you desire.
  • Let the icing and chocolate dry completely for a few hours. your social media marketing partner
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Review by abrattoli , Saturday, 06 December 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Amazing!! your social media marketing partner
Review by RhodaJoan , Saturday, 09 January 2016 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Just wondering, the recipe states to bake for 30 minutes. This seems a lot, is this a mistake or the actual baking time. Thanks. your social media marketing partner
Review by rossella rago , Saturday, 12 March 2016 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Baking time has been corrected! :) your social media marketing partner