Italian Pepper Balls

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These keep well and also freeze well. Rum or whisky works well in place of the brandy.

Servings:
75
Yield:
150 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup shortening

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 fluid ounce brandy

  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts

  • cup butter

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 fluid ounces brandy

Directions

  1. Melt shortening and cool. Add in white sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, black pepper, ground cloves, allspice and ground cinnamon. Stir in flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix well. Stir in milk, 1 ounce brandy, rum or whisky and chopped nuts.

  2. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate 4-8 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Break off little pieces of dough and roll into small balls, about 3/4 inch in diameter. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. DO NOT overbake. Remove from pan and roll in glaze.

  5. To Make Glaze: Combine 1/3 cup of butter, 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 5 tablespoons cocoa, and 2 ounces of brandy, rum or whisky. Mix until smooth. Roll cooled cookies in glaze and place on waxed paper to dry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 75
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 31mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.