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Italian Frosted Chocolate Cookies


"I make these cookies each year at Christmas. They are a favorite of family and friends. This recipe makes approximately 120 cookies."
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9 h 15 m servings 78 cals
Original recipe yields 120 servings (10 dozen cookies)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and salt in a large bowl. Stir orange zest into flour mixture. Mix vegetable shortening and margarine into dry ingredients, using your hands, until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Beat eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer until foamy; add egg mixture, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup milk to flour mixture and knead dough in the bowl until thoroughly combined and dough doesn't stick to your hands, about 8 minutes. Dough will be stiff. Knead cream cheese thoroughly into dough, followed by walnuts.
  4. Form dough into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake cookies in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool cookies on racks.
  6. Beat 3 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon orange juice, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a bowl until smooth; gradually beat in remaining confectioners' sugar until frosting is thick and drizzles slowly from a spoon.
  7. Dip tops of cookies into frosting and place frosted cookies on racks with waxed paper underneath to catch drips. Let cookies dry overnight.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Place waxed paper underneath drying racks. This catches the dripping frosting, and clean-up is much easier. I've found that the exact measurements for the frosting aren't that important. So long as the consistency is right, the frosting will be good. Add some milk and orange juice, more milk than orange juice (about 90 to 10 ratio) to get the right consistency. If it gets too thin, add some more powdered sugar. After frosting cookies, let them dry on a drying rack overnight. You can also add food coloring to the frosting and put sprinkles on these cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 78 calories; 2.7 g fat; 12.8 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g protein; 9 mg cholesterol; 83 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I had several people exclaim that it was a tasty ginger cookie. I agree the simple frosting is the best complement to it. With the mix of spices and chocolate, I thought it was like indulging in...

these were by far the best cookies ever. the frosting was very rich an indulgent!!!!!!!

The last time I had these was about 53 years ago on Christmas Eve and I never forgot the taste. This recipe brought back many great memories and was Exactly the taste I remembered.

This recipe is delicious. It is more of a ginger cookie than a chocolate cookie. I will tinker with the ingredient the next time I make them.