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Italian chocolate kisses

Serves   50
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins per batch

A nice treat, cute and relatively easy to make. Italian cookies are usually more delicate and a bit different from classic 'Kiwi' baking.

  • Christmas
  • Desserts
  • Chocolate



  • 225 grams butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup ground almonds, toasted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • Chocolate rum filling:
  • 175 grams dark chocolate (60% cocoa)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons rum
  1. Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light in colour and texture. Beat in the rum and the vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Mix in the cooled toasted ground almonds.
  3. Add the mixed dried ingredients to the creamed mixture; blend to form a soft dough. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until it is firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  5. Roll pieces of the dough into cherry sized balls then in the white sugar to coat. Place on the prepared tray.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the cookies have lightly risen and their tops are slightly cracked. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray before transferring to a wire rack. Sandwich together with Chocolate Rum Filling when cool.