This recipe is from an Italian friend of mine and they are so good!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Sift 3 cups flour twice. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, white sugar and cocoa. Cream 1 cup butter or margarine; blend into flour mixture. Add 1/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and nuts. Mix thoroughly with hands until well blended. (Dough should be the consistency of pie crust, but not sticky.)

  • For each cookie, pinch off about 1 teaspoon dough. Roll by hands into balls, each about one-inch in diameter. Place on greased baking sheets. Do not flatten. Bake about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets; cool on racks. When cool, drizzle each generously with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles if desired.

  • To make Chocolate Frosting: Melt the chocolate squares over low heat. Cream with 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 cups of confectioner's sugar. Gradually add hot milk, beating until smooth.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

226.1 calories; 2.7 g protein; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 22.1 mg cholesterol; 142.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2007
Someone stated this recipe was NOT Italian. Ohhhhh it soo is!! I have been looking for it forever and should have of course come here first!! My Italian grandmother (from Sicily) used to make dozens of these every year and my Mom-in-law (holder of the recipe) lost it!! It's soo close (minus a dash of cinnamon!)Thank You! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/26/2008
THese were ok. I think they could have been better but perhaps I screwed it up by using the mixer (toughened the dough). Next time I'll just use my hands. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to it. Read More
(15)
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  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2007
Someone stated this recipe was NOT Italian. Ohhhhh it soo is!! I have been looking for it forever and should have of course come here first!! My Italian grandmother (from Sicily) used to make dozens of these every year and my Mom-in-law (holder of the recipe) lost it!! It's soo close (minus a dash of cinnamon!)Thank You! Read More
(74)
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
Soooo delicious!!! My husband had an italian themed potluck to go to and gave me like 1 1/2 hrs notice about it. Due to my limited time I had to make a few adjustments. Instead of cocoa powder I used dark cocoa powder and I had run out of vanilla extract but had plenty of almond extract so I used that. They came out so good. I also used the almond extract in the frosting every one loved the almond flavor with the chocolate and I am sure that the vanilla would have been just as good. Thank you for a delicious recipe! Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
These are great. The only things I did slightly different are toasting the nuts (it makes a huge difference in both taste and texture) and rather than dribbling the glaze on the finished cookies I dipped the tops in the bowl of glaze and then set them on parchment paper to firm up. Less waste and mess this way. I think next time I may sprinkle some more finely chopped toasted nuts on top of the glaze just for looks. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/26/2008
THese were ok. I think they could have been better but perhaps I screwed it up by using the mixer (toughened the dough). Next time I'll just use my hands. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2007
Great little treats! You need to work fast with the chocolate frosting while it is warm but yummmm it is worth all the work. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2003
Delicious!! We gobbled them up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2007
Amazing recipe! I leave out the cocoa powder so it's like a regular chocolate chip cookie but with more of a scone-like texture. I pull them out of the oven and they dissappear! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2009
Oh my gosh I am so excited about this! I had almost this very cookie at a shop in Lugano Switzerland and in this other little Italian eatery. The only obvious difference was that each cookie was wrapped around a whole toasted hazelnut or almond in the European version. Nonni adores these! Great recipe! Definitely Italiano! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
Delicious! I added 1/2 of a maraschino cherry to the center of each ball- made for a moist center and 'chocolate covered cherry' taste. Read More
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