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Vanilla Baci di Dama

With a translation of “lady kisses,” these vanilla-infused sandwich cookies are rich, sweet and satisfying.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Vanilla Filling
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.


  3. In a large bowl combine the flour and almond meal until well combined and set aside.


  5. Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream together using a hand mixer. Beat until light and fluffy.


  7. Add the vanilla and continue to beat for another minute.


  9. Using a wooden spoon, begin stirring in the flour mixture and stir until thoroughly blended and dough has formed.


  11. Pat dough into a flat disc, wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.


  13. Roll out teaspoon sized balls of dough and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment, slightly pressing down to create a flat top on each cookie.


  15. Bake cookies for about 12-15 minutes or until fully baked and color barely begins to show. Set aside and allow to cool.


  17. For the frosting: In a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth.

  18. Begin adding the powdered sugar until fully combined.


  20. Pipe or spoon a small amount of frosting onto the underside of a cookie and seal with another cookie, creating a small vanilla cookie sandwich.


  22. Repeat with remaining cookies and frosting and serve.