Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama)

A plate of delicate roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a plate

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama) ~ the roasted rhubarb buttercream is sweet and tangy, and the almond cookies are light as air…I’m pretty sure they serve these cookies in heaven.

A tumble of roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a baking tray

These gorgeous spring cookies are a TVFGI exclusive…an inspired mash-up of a Yotam Ottolenghi roasted rhubarb buttercream and a classic Italian baci di dama cookie.   The cookies are made with almond flour and puff up in the oven for a crisp, light texture not unlike a macaron.  They have a lovely almondy flavor and the rhubarb buttercream is nice and tart.

Baci di dama, or lady’s kiss cookies, are named because they supposedly resemble a beautiful lady’s lips in a smooching position.  Not sure about that, but they are pretty!

Roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a vintage plate

Rhubarb is such an enchanting ingredient, I’ve used it in everything from salad dressing to popsicles, and I never tire of that tart berry flavor and vivid color, nothing else comes close!

roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a tray

There’s something extra special about a homemade sandwich cookie, isn’t there?  A few simple extra steps really make a difference, and these delectable little two bite cookies are definitely conversation pieces…I mean, roasted rhubarb buttercream is pretty special, and no one needs to know how easy it was.

A stack of roasted rhubarb filled lady's kiss cookies on a plate

You’ll only need one stalk of rhubarb for  the buttercream filling for these cookies.  Pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes to roast, and once it has cooled you can blitz it into a buttercream with a little softened butter, powdered sugar, and a squeeze of lemon.  Where has this stuff been all my life??

scoops of roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookie dough on baking sheet, with cookie scoop

For the cookies I use a small 1 1/4 inch cookie scoop to portion out little balls of dough.  The tray goes in the freezer for a few minutes before baking so the cookies bake up nice and puffed and don’t spread much.  When the cookies have cooled, just drop a dollop of frosting on the flat side of one cookie, and pop another one on top.  Then just try to resist.

Making roasted rhubarb filled lady's kiss cookies

TIPS for the perfect roasted rhubarb baci di dama ~

  • Cream your butter and sugar until truly light and fluffy ~ this incorporates air into the dough so they will rise and be crisp on the outside and light an airy inside.
  • Use a very small scoop for the cookies, if they are too big they will make an out-sized sandwich cookie that won’t be as appealing.  A measuring teaspoon amount of dough is right.  I use a small 1 1/4 inch cookie scoop
  • Don’t skip the dough chilling step.
  • Depending on your oven, your pan, and your dough, you may get a little spreading in your cookies.  Don’t worry, they’ll still taste amazing, just don’t over bake, you’re going for a crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside texture.

*The roasted rhubarb icing is adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s SWEET, and the baci di dama recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama)

Yield: makes 18-20 sandwich cookies

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama)

Ingredients

    rhubarb filling
  • 1 stalk rhubarb, trimmed and sliced into 1 inch slices.
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soft unsalted butter
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2-3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
    cookies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment and put the rhubarb on it, in a single layer. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the rhubarb is soft. Let the fruit cool, then scrape into the bowl of a small food processor along with the butter and lemon juice, and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Process in the sugar, a cup at a time, until the mixture is thick and glossy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally, and let the machine go for a couple of minutes. If your frosting is too thick, add a touch of milk or more lemon juice, and if it's too thin, add a touch more sugar. Cover and chill, the frosting will thicken up as it chills. You can do this a day ahead.
  4. To make the cookies, beat the soft butter and sugar on medium high in a stand mixer for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. This step is important because it will incorporate air into the dough to help the cookies rise. Beat in the extracts.
  5. Add the flours and mix until the dough starts to come together. Turn out onto a surface and bring the dough together with your hands, kneading into a soft dough.
  6. Use a small 1 1/4 inch cookie scoop, or a measuring teaspoon, to scoop out small amounts of dough ~ roll into balls and put them in the freezer until hard, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Put the frozen dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake the cookies until they are risen and just beginning to turn golden, about 14-15 minutes. Don't wait until they are brown or they will be over baked. The size of your cookies will determine the baking time, so do a test cookie or two to figure that out. Let cool on a rack before filling.
  8. To fill, put a dollop of frosting on the flat side of one cookie, and top with another.

Make it your own ~

  • If you don’t like rhubarb, sandwich your cookies with any frosting you prefer, including plain old Nutella.
  • You can use jam instead of roasted rhubarb, start with a tablespoon or two of your favorite and make the buttercream as directed.
  • To make these gluten free, substitute rice flour for the all purpose flour.
  • You can use hazelnut flour instead of the almond flour.

 

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Roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies (baci di dama) are lovely little bite sized cookies filled with a rhubarb buttercream ~ #cookies #filledcookies #Italiancookies #rhubarb #springcookies #dessert #sandwichcookies #almondcookies #mothersday #easter #weddingshower #babyshower #pinkcookies #valentinesday

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Lee
    May 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Great recipe!! I have a question, in the list for cookies it says 1/2 cup butter or 1 stick. Is one stick not a 1/4 cup of butter? In Canada our butter is sold in pounds I just to be accurate. Thanks for the help.

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      Sue
      May 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      In the US, one ‘stick’ of butter is 1/2 cup, or 1/4 of a pound. That’s 8 tablespoons, 4 ounces, and 113 grams ~ hope that helps!

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    Michelle Addy
    April 20, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    These look fabulous! I’m interested in making these for my daughter’s wedding in June. Do they freeze well?
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 21, 2018 at 6:47 am

      Hi Michelle ~ here’s what I would do, I would make the cookies and freeze them, and then make the frosting and fill them a day or so before the wedding. I know that’s probably not ideal, but filled cookies don’t freeze particularly well. Congrats on your daughter’s wedding!

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        Michelle Addy
        April 21, 2018 at 5:58 pm

        Thanks so much! I will likely do that. So looking forward to trying these.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    So pretty, Sue! Love that blush pink filling!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Oh wow, pinning these puppies for later! They look phenomenal:)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    April 17, 2018 at 11:51 am

    These are brilliant, what a delicious, creative, beautiful idea! Can’t wait to see the first local rhubarb popping up here!

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    Martha Collin s
    April 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I have a rhubarb patch in my NH garden, but is u set snow now or should I say still.
    I will try these. Can I use regular wheat flour and nor almond flour?

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      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      I believe the almond flour is critical for these cookies, Martha, but you can also use another nut flour if you like. If you don’t want any nut flour, I would suggest making a simple shortbread cookie instead.

  • Reply
    Laura
    April 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I love anything with rhubarb and that pink color makes me swoon! These are gorgeous! I need to go buy a stalk (or two!)

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    Vicki Bensinger
    April 16, 2018 at 11:36 am

    These are beautiful Sue I don’t know how I missed these in his book. I will definitely try these. Now I need to take my time when I scroll through the pages of ottelenghi. I wonder how many more luscious foods I’ve missed.

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    Carolyne
    April 16, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Hi Sue. I consider myself to be a huge food enthusiast; and I must say, I love your blog. And, I’m especially pleased that your site isn’t all skewed mainly towards sweets and chocolate. In that vein, I’ve seen many desserts that I would LOVE to try. I’ve made several of your savory dishes. One can see, just by reading a recipe, if it works or not. Your recipes are concise and provide many tips to the reader that we may not have thought to ask about. I was creating dishes, back in the 60’s, with my father, after school, so I appreciate the diligence it takes to prepare something you’re truly proud to serve. Also, I’ve worked in some very fine restaurants and appreciate presentation as well. Your photography is beautiful and creative.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for making my day Carolyne :) I do work awfully hard at this, and it can be quite solitary work, so feedback like this is precious to me. Thanks for your support, and please feel free to send in any favorite recipes of your own for me to try, I do a Reader’s Recipe series where I will blog some of them…here’s the LINK.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 16, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I want to grab one right off my screen Sue! That buttercream sounds delightful!

  • Reply
    Ann
    April 16, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I’m eagerly gathering rhubarb recipes for when spring finally makes it’s way up here, and rhubarb buttercream is definitely something I need to try. These little sandwich cookies look delicious and adorable :)

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    Chrissy
    April 16, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I was literally just looking for more ideas to use rhubarb this morning and then stumbled across this recipe. These cookies are gorgeous and I love the creative use of rhubarb in the filling. I can’t wait to make them!

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    Traci
    April 16, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Ok, when I see recipes like this, I think “WHY are we not neighbors?”, but I think that with all of your recipes, Sue :) And now rhubarb filling…in cookies…? Oh my word…I’ll take the whole batch! Just pinned…and can’t wait to make!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

      I often dream of having another blogger as a neighbor, that would be such fun :)

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    April 16, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Love the idea of using a rhubarb filling! Gives such a fun pink color!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 8:03 am

      I was surprised at how much flavor came through, too. I’ve made strawberry buttercream before without as much success, I think rhubarb’s tart flavor is pretty assertive, which is nice.

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    Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman
    April 16, 2018 at 7:44 am

    This is such a unique cookie! I imagine that the combination of almond and rhubarb flavors, with all that sweet and tart working together, is very satisfying. They sound delicious.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Thanks Renee ~ this was fun to do, and the combo of the almond and rhubarb is a new fave :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Beautiful! It will be a while before my rhubarb dares come out of the ground, but as soon as it does, I’ll be grabbing a stalk to make these :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Just one stalk is all it takes :)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 16, 2018 at 5:29 am

    That rhubarb filling is definitely the super star here! These cookies look absolutely gorgeous.

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