Earl Grey Bocca di Nonna

These rich sandwich cookies, filled with dark, satiny ganache, are adapted from an Italian celebration cookie called Bocca di Dama, or Lady's Kisses.

Earl Grey Bocca di Nonna
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
12 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
28 sandwich cookies


  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup finely ground blanched almonds

  • 1 recipe Earl Grey Ganache

Earl Grey Ganache

  • cup whipping cream

  • 4 Earl Grey tea bags or tea ball containing 4 teaspoons of loose Earl Grey tea

  • 4 ounce milk chocolate, finely chopped


  1. In a small bowl stir together flour and cocoa powder; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in almonds. Beat in flour mixture just until combined. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until it is easy to handle.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil; set aside. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Press balls to flatten slightly.

  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cool on cookie sheet on a wire rack. Remove cookies from cookie sheet.

  5. Spread the Earl Grey Ganache on bottoms of half of the cookies, using about 1 teaspoon per cookie. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.

Earl Grey Ganache

  1. In a small saucepan bring whipping cream to boiling. Remove from heat. Add Earl Grey tea. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags or ball from cream. Squeeze tea bags well or press tea leaves in tea ball with the back of a spoon to release any liquid. Return cream to boiling. Remove from heat. Immediately add milk chocolate. Stir until chocolate melts and mixture is shiny and smooth. Cool to room temperature.

To Store:

Place sandwich cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 80mg 2%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.