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


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 hr 45 mins
48 servings


Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spread almonds onto a baking sheet.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

239 calories; protein 4.7g 9% DV; carbohydrates 34g 11% DV; fat 10.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 24.3mg 8% DV; sodium 122.9mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
My husband loved these so much as they were coming out of the oven I m not sure I ll frost them. Perhaps half. And 8 cups of flour is a lot of cookies! I cooked 102 - 1 cookies and thats with sneaking dough-tastes. Cutting this recipe in half would make mixing a little easier too. I love Italian cookies! Not too sweet. Read More