Italian Chocolate Balls (Tuttu Balls)


Delicious round chocolate Italian cookies. Store cookies in a sealed can or cookie jars.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
48 servings


  • ½ pound almonds

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ pound unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups shortening

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 (6 ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spread almonds onto a baking sheet.

  2. Bake almonds until toasted and fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and cool almonds slightly; chop.

  3. Sift flour 2 times. Mix cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together with flour in a bowl. Beat white sugar, shortening, and eggs together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

  4. Mix creamed mixture into flour mixture. Add almonds, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract to flour mixture and mix well using your hands or a large spoon until dough holds together and is smooth. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the oven until bottoms are slightly brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Stir confectioners' sugar and almond extract together in a bowl; add enough water to make a thin frosting. Roll cookies in the frosting and place on a wire rack to dry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
10g Fat
34g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 113mg 2%

* 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.

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