Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
Thank you for sharing this recipe! My deceased mother used to make these for Christmas. She added a tablespoon of almond flavoring, one quarter teaspoonful more cloves, and half a cup of walnuts to hers. She also used a chocolate glaze, which can be made by adding a teaspoon of cocoa to your glaze along with 0a teaspoon of almond extract. Otherwise she'd just roll them in powdered sugar prior to baking.
I thought these were mediocre at best. I won't be making them again, but I only like exceptional cookies. I was hoping for a stronger spicier taste.
We made these for a Christmas Cookie Swap. They are nice and round and hold their shape well. Watch how much milk you add to the glaze; you'll want it pretty thick. Otherwise, it doesn't coat the cookies as prettily as the ones in the picture.
My new favorite! I made them without spices and doubled the vanilla. I also added about 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips. They took 10 min in my oven. Perfect Italian cookies. If you want the spices I'm sure they are just as good.
Angela - you could substitute butter in an equal amount. The cookies may be a bit flatter as butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening. Butter contains water and shortening is 100% fat. Cookies baked with butter can be more crispy if there is a great deal of sugar in the recipe. I would suggest chilling the dough to help reduce spread if you use all butter. You might also consider using half butter and half shortening.
My grandmother used to make these for weddings, but we called them black pepper cookies (her recipe called for a pinch of black pepper). We added raisins to ours. My very favorite cookies for the Christmas season!
These are easy to make, and have a great flavor. I cut the recipe in half. My friends loved them ,
These cookies are really delicious. Have been making them for years, but we always called them Chocolate Meatball Cookies because they looked like little meatballs. But we didn't put the little sprinkles on them and we glazed the whole cookie. The sprinkles certainly dress them up!
These are wonderful cookies! Brought back many memories of our Italian weddings, my family,and all the joy we shared on those special days a long time ago. Please please try these. Angela