Italian, Christmas cookie, round, chocolate and spicy. The smell always gets me charged for the holidays. The taste puts you in heaven.

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • Cream the butter margarine or shortening, white sugar, eggs and vanilla.

  • In a separate bowl, stir the flour, 2/3 cup cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. If too sticky add more flour, if too dry add a little milk. Add nuts and mix with hands. Must be of consistency to roll into little 1/2 - 1 inch balls.

  • After you have cookie dough to handling consistency by adjusting it with either the flour or milk, roll into little balls, place on the cookie sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, cookie should be firm. Do not overcook. Remove from oven, let rest on the sheet for a few moments and remove to wax paper. When cool, frost with confectioner's sugar and cocoa glaze.

  • To Make Glaze: Combine 4 cups confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, add about 1/2 cup milk. Consistency should be of a glaze. Pour small amount of glaze over each cookie (about 1 tsp.). Decorate with sprinkles while glaze is still wet.

Nutrition Facts

216 calories; 6.7 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 197 mg sodium. 37.9 g carbohydrates; 3.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2006
I made these for Christmas and my family raved over them. My boyfriend's Italian mother said that they are the same cookies her old Italian aunts make for wedding spreads. She gave me a tip that adding a bit of red food dye to the frosting will give it a shinier appearance. Other than that these cookies tasted perfect they'll definitely be made again next year. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
They are OK. Not a family favorite by any means. I looked all over for a chocolate spice cookie recipe. Guess this was not what I expected. Read More
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112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2006
I made these for Christmas and my family raved over them. My boyfriend's Italian mother said that they are the same cookies her old Italian aunts make for wedding spreads. She gave me a tip that adding a bit of red food dye to the frosting will give it a shinier appearance. Other than that these cookies tasted perfect they'll definitely be made again next year. Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2006
I made these for Christmas and my family raved over them. My boyfriend's Italian mother said that they are the same cookies her old Italian aunts make for wedding spreads. She gave me a tip that adding a bit of red food dye to the frosting will give it a shinier appearance. Other than that these cookies tasted perfect they'll definitely be made again next year. Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2008
This Christmas cookie is my favorite and I got the recipe from my mother-in-law. The only difference is hers is chock full of things- nuts mini chips and raisins. They are awesome. We finish them with frosty white glaze and optional red berry sprinkles or dried cherries. I double the recipe and always use shortening instead of butter. Be prepared to get your hands in this batter to mix it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2010
I liked these cookies they are different BUT I didn't like the 'adjusting it with either the flour or milk' once the dough was mixed. I had to adjust a few times and it was messy. I decided to not do the glaze just put them in a ziplock bag with powdered sugar. They were awesome after that. The sugar helped offset the chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
I absolutely LOVE this recipe. I made them at Christmas time and stuck most of them in the freezer for myself and put very few of them on the Christmas cookie trays I made for people. Wonderful combination of chocolate and spice! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2011
Thank you thank you thank you. I have been searching for this recipe for years. These are hands down my absolute favorite cookies in the world. My Sicilian Nana has been making these every Christmas since I was a little girl and I never knew what their real name was so I had nowhere to begin to look for the recipe. I have to admit I'm not crazy about "meatball cookies" as a name but the cookie is perfect. I followed the recipe exactly and refrigerated the dough overnight. 10 minutes in my oven was perfect and don't skimp on the glaze! Thanks again I am so excited to have found this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
This was a big hit at my office. Next time I will not put as much of each spice in. The cookie was even better after a few days Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
i have been looking for this recipe for some time they are very good everyone asked for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2003
YUM! My husband devoured these and he doesn't like sweets. I only made half the glaze recipe and used 1 cup chocolate chips instead of 1 cup of nuts. Dough very easy to handle! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2003
Perfect for te holidays. I refrigerated the dough for easy handling. I think they would be great dipped in melted chocolate instead of the glaze. Athena Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
They are OK. Not a family favorite by any means. I looked all over for a chocolate spice cookie recipe. Guess this was not what I expected. Read More
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