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Meatball Cookies Recipe

Meatball Cookies

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"Italian, Christmas cookie, round, chocolate and spicy. The smell always gets me charged for the holidays. The taste puts you in heaven."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Cream the butter margarine or shortening, white sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir the flour, 2/3 cup cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. If too sticky add more flour, if too dry add a little milk. Add nuts and mix with hands. Must be of consistency to roll into little 1/2 - 1 inch balls.
  4. After you have cookie dough to handling consistency by adjusting it with either the flour or milk, roll into little balls, place on the cookie sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, cookie should be firm. Do not overcook. Remove from oven, let rest on the sheet for a few moments and remove to wax paper. When cool, frost with confectioner's sugar and cocoa glaze.
  5. To Make Glaze: Combine 4 cups confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, add about 1/2 cup milk. Consistency should be of a glaze. Pour small amount of glaze over each cookie (about 1 tsp.). Decorate with sprinkles while glaze is still wet.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 14, 2006

I made these for Christmas, and my family raved over them. My boyfriend's Italian mother said that they are the same cookies her old Italian aunts make for wedding spreads. She gave me a tip, that adding a bit of red food dye to the frosting will give it a shinier appearance. Other than that, these cookies tasted perfect, they'll definitely be made again next year.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2010

They are OK. Not a family favorite by any means. I looked all over for a chocolate spice cookie recipe. Guess this was not what I expected.

 
Dec 10, 2008

This Christmas cookie is my favorite and I got the recipe from my mother-in-law. The only difference is hers is chock full of things- nuts, mini chips and raisins. They are awesome. We finish them with frosty white glaze and optional red berry sprinkles or dried cherries. I double the recipe and always use shortening instead of butter. Be prepared to get your hands in this batter to mix it!

 
Dec 17, 2010

I liked these cookies, they are different BUT I didn't like the 'adjusting it with either the flour or milk' once the dough was mixed. I had to adjust a few times and it was messy. I decided to not do the glaze just put them in a ziplock bag with powdered sugar. They were awesome after that. The sugar helped offset the chocolate.

 
Dec 19, 2003

I absolutely LOVE this recipe. I made them at Christmas time and stuck most of them in the freezer for myself and put very few of them on the Christmas cookie trays I made for people. Wonderful combination of chocolate and spice!

 
Jan 03, 2011

This was a big hit at my office. Next time I will not put as much of each spice in. The cookie was even better after a few days

 
Dec 03, 2003

i have been looking for this recipe for some time, they are very good ,everyone asked for the recipe.

 
Jun 20, 2011

Thank you thank you thank you. I have been searching for this recipe for years. These are hands down my absolute favorite cookies in the world. My Sicilian Nana has been making these every Christmas since I was a little girl and I never knew what their real name was, so I had nowhere to begin to look for the recipe. I have to admit, I'm not crazy about "meatball cookies" as a name, but the cookie is perfect. I followed the recipe exactly and refrigerated the dough overnight. 10 minutes in my oven was perfect, and don't skimp on the glaze! Thanks again, I am so excited to have found this recipe.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 197 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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