Chocolate and Hazelnut Baci

Chocolate and Hazelnut Baci


This dessert is so delicious and easy you'll want to make Valentine's Day everyday. "Baci" — meaning kiss in Italian — is the most delicious way to show someone you care. Try out Stefano Faita's verison!


8 to 10 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
1 cup crushed hazelnut wafer cookies
24 whole hazelnuts
7 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
pinch salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups finely ground hazelnuts


  1. Melt semisweet chocolate on top of a double boiler (or in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water), sitrring until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate hazelnut spread and crushed wafer cookies. Stir until well combined.
  3. Refrigerate mixture until firm, about 1 hour.  
  4. Roll a tablespoon of chocolate mixture around a hazelnut and shape into a ball. Repeat with remaining hazelnuts and chocolate mixture.  If mixture gets too soft, refrigerate until firm.
  5. Melt dark chocolate with salt on top of a double boiler (or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water), stirring until smooth.  Let cool slightly.  
  6. Dip balls in dark chocolate and then roll in ground hazelnuts.
  7. Transfer balls to a baking sheet lined with parchment and refrigerate until chocolate hardens.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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