Meatball Cookies

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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servings 216 cals
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Original recipe yields 30 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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.


  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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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, ...

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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.

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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, ...

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 th...

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 ...

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. Wonderfu...

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

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

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 Ch...

YUM! My husband devoured these and he doesn't like sweets. I only made half the glaze recipe and used 1 cup chocolate chips instead of 1 cup of nuts. Dough very easy to handle!

Perfect for te holidays. I refrigerated the dough for easy handling. I think they would be great dipped in melted chocolate instead of the glaze. Athena

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