Christmas is such a magical time—the warmth, the festive vibes and lots of delicious food. For many years now, I've made it a tradition to bake little treats for my friends and neighbors. It gives me so much joy to package up dozens of glorious parcels, filled with everything from cakes to cookies to sweets.
A few years ago, I was inspired by the Italian classic, baci di dama—hazelnut-flour sandwich cookies with a chocolate-hazelnut filling—but wanted to recreate them with ingredients I often had on hand. I started making these cookies using ground almonds instead of ground hazelnuts, as well as super-fine 00 flour for lightness, and found that they worked really wonderfully.
These cookies are not only easy to bake, they last a few days without getting stale and are easy to wrap without crumbling into bits. In other words, they're perfect gifts. And because they play nice with lots of flavors, you can sandwich them with chocolate spread as I did...or jam, or icing, or just enjoy them by themselves.
Hear Resident Chetna Makhan get nutty about nut butters with cross-Atlantic friends and co-hosts Katie Quinn and Jen Phanomrat on our new podcast, Either Side Eaters. —Chetna Makan
Test Kitchen Notes
These cookies are part of Recipes to Give & Share, a collection of perfectly packable holiday treats that we're sending to our loved ones this year. —The Editors