Bocche di Dama

Bocche di Dama... the Queen of the almond based cookies from Puglia!


For 2 Dozen(s)

For the Cookies:

  • 1 pound blanched almonds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, zest only
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 ounces amarene or sour cherries in syrup

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup powderd sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon, whole milk
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate


  1. Get the Amarene HERE
  2. 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 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Place all the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 15-16 mins. at 350F. Let them cool.
  6. Make your icing by mixing the milk and sugar. The icing should be  thick.
  7. Dip each cookies in the icing and put them to dry on a rack. Alternatively you can just dust some powdered sugar on them.
  8. Melt the chocolate and put it in a plastic bag. Cut a small end of the bag and decorate the cookies as you desire.
  9. Let the icing and chocolate dry completely for a few hours.




Thursday, 14 December 2017
Amazing!! - abrattoli
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Just wondering, the recipe states to bake for 30 minutes. This seems a lot, is this a mistake or th...
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- RhodaJoan
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Baking time has been corrected! :) - rossella rago