Part chocolate truffle, part crispy cookie, Chocolate Salami is a Portuguese/Italian tradition that guests are sure to love.
Chocolate Salami Cookies feature dark chocolate (you can use semi-sweet or milk chocolate if you like), roasted pistachios, chopped and ground ladyfingers, and dried cherries soaked in orange juice. The resulting texture is equal parts chocolate truffle and crispy cookie. Chocolate and orange flavored cherries, well we know how popular orange and chocolate are together.
Let me show you how to make this fabulous no-bake treat:
Ladyfingers are cut into half-inch pieces and then about 3/4 cup is ground fine. The chocolate is combined with heavy cream and melted, then add the ground ladyfingers. While all this is happening, the dried cherries are finely chopped and soak in orange juice (I used blood oranges) with a little orange extract.
First the ground ladyfingers are incorporated with the chocolate and then all ingredients are stirred together until well coated with the chocolate. This mixture is then divided in half and is formed and rolled in plastic wrap into salami-shaped tubes. The mixture needs at least three hours to firm up before being rolled in confectioners sugar and sliced.
Slice the Chocolate Salami immediately after removing from the refrigerator and rolling in the sugar. We found that they just got better as they came closer to room temperature.
A fun dessert to look at, an impressive treat on the table, serve on the cutting board and leave some of the salami unsliced for visual appeal.
Chocolate Salami Cookies originate from both Portugal and Italy and are typically any combination of chocolate, broken cookies, nuts, and port wine or rum. The recipe here originally calls for Grand Marnier but I substituted orange juice and extract mainly because I’m more likely to have those on hand. Soaking the cherries in a nice red wine would yield a different but equally delicious flavor. In this instance, the orange flavored cherries combines amazingly with the chocolate and pistachios. Experiment with your own combination and be sure to tell me about it!
Chocolate Salami Cookies
- ½ cup dried cherries, chopped coarse
- ¼ cup freshly squeeze orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 11 dried ladyfingers, savoiardi, cut into ½-inch chunks
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, or bittersweet
- Pinch salt
- ⅔ cup pistachios
- ½ cup powder sugar
- Combine ½ cup cherries and ¼ cup orange juice/extract in small bowl and microwave until hot, about 30 seconds; let sit until cherries have softened and mixture is cool, about 15 minutes (just let them sit while you prepare the other ingredients).
- Reserve 1 cup ladyfingers. Process remaining ladyfinger in food processor to fine crumbs, about 30 seconds. This will yield about ¾ cup.
- Place ⅓ cup cream and 1 cup chocolate in a medium, microwave-safe bowl, heat on 50 percent power, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth, about 60 seconds total. Add pinch salt and ladyfinger crumbs and stir to combine. Add ⅔ cup pistachios, reserved ladyfingers, and cherry mixture (including juice). Stir until thick dough forms.
- Divide dough in half and place each half on a large sheet of plastic wrap (about 12' long). Use plastic to roll each dough into tight 6-inch log, twisting ends well to secure. Refrigerate dough logs until firm, at least 3 hours. Chilled dough can be stored in fridge for up to 3 days.
- When ready to serve, place ½ cup powdered sugar in shallow dish. Unwrap dough logs and roll in sugar until well coated, brushing off excess. Cut each log into ½ -inch slices. Serve.
Recipe adapted slightly from Cook’s Country magazine.
These look delicious! Love the ingredients
Sally Humeniuk says
Thanks, Jack! They are delicious, hope you try them.
Michelle @ O Blog Off says
Sally- I was flipping through blogs and I stopped quickly when I saw this post. I am a huge pistachio lover and they just popped out at me! I like the suggestion of soaking the cherries in wine. Wine Chocolate =?
Thanks for posting!
Hi Michelle, I agree, soaking the cherries in wine would be fabulous! I’m with you as a lover of pistachios too. Speaking of wine, I just made a batch of Merlot Donuts and I’m still working on getting the flavors just right (thinking of making them Merlot Chocolate Donuts!). Thanks for stopping by, it means a lot. 🙂
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
Love, love, love this one. Making some soon. I recently picked up a bag of cherries and when I read this several days back on a comment you made I have been patiently waiting for the recipe. Thanks Sally. 🙂
Thanks, my friend. I can’t wait to see your take on the recipe.