Rating: 3.93 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

This is sometimes known as meatball cookies. A must in our family at Christmas. Feel free to cut recipe in half. I usually bake about 150 dozen cookies at Xmas time to give away in cookie trays.

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prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
168
Yield:
14 dozen
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Ingredients

168
Original recipe yields 168 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and milk. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir in the milk mixture by hand until the dough is firm and not tacky. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place onto the prepared cookie sheets. These cookies do not spread much, so you can place them fairly close together.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Glaze with a thin confectioners' icing when cool to preserve freshness.

Nutrition Facts

89 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 11.6g; fat 4.4g; cholesterol 6.3mg; sodium 37.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (14)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2009
My Nana from Calabria brought over a wonderful recipe for cookies that we made at Thanksgiving and stored in bins (looked like the large popcorn bins that are used today)over the holidays. We all had this recipe I know my twin still uses this but I think the others in my family may have lost the recipe. This is almost the closest to it. We used chopped maraschino cherries raisins Allspice citron and 10 eggs in our recipe. They are wonderful. The cookies have always been included in wedding trays and of course on the holidays. Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2003
These are missing something. If you like hard chocolate bread like cookies then give them a go. Read More
(6)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2003
These are missing something. If you like hard chocolate bread like cookies then give them a go. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2009
My Nana from Calabria brought over a wonderful recipe for cookies that we made at Thanksgiving and stored in bins (looked like the large popcorn bins that are used today)over the holidays. We all had this recipe I know my twin still uses this but I think the others in my family may have lost the recipe. This is almost the closest to it. We used chopped maraschino cherries raisins Allspice citron and 10 eggs in our recipe. They are wonderful. The cookies have always been included in wedding trays and of course on the holidays. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2002
just like grandma used to make! very good. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2010
After reading the reviews I decided to experiment with some variations(which will most likelly be sacrilege to Italians): 1/4 recipe = 1 cup butter 3 cups flour 1 cup chocolate milk 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/3 cup cocoa(can be 2/3) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinammon 1/4 teaspoon each ginger cloves 1 cup Callebaut choc chunks 1 cup pecans Baked them at 350F for 12 minutes in a convection oven (15-16 in a regular oven). My wife thiught they were great Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2008
This recipe is out of this world! Be warned this takes a lot of mixing real estate but other than that it was great. Substituted Ground Cloves for Ground All Spice and was excellent. Perfect with coffee. Definitely a holiday keeper:) Read More
(1)
Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2014
Not good cookies not sweet and hard Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2020
Split recipe in half. Made 45 cookie balls. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2015
enjoyed! very different appreciated that they are not overly sweet but tasty. mine were soft and I took them to a potluck where all raved and enjoyed. I did omit the choc chips and nuts as I am not a fan of either. Due to not drinking cows milk substituted ccunut milk and they were great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
I've been looking for this recipe my mom always made these for the holidays. I added 1/2 teaspoon of grated orange peel. Will make them again. Read More