Italian Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe -
Italian Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
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Italian Chocolate Chip Cookies

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"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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Original recipe makes 14 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 09, 2003

These are missing something. If you like hard chocolate bread like cookies then give them a go.


10 Ratings

Dec 20, 2002

just like grandma used to make! very good.

Nov 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

Dec 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 :)

Jan 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!

Dec 11, 2014

Not good cookies , not sweet and hard

Nov 15, 2014

These certainly are not the prettiest cookies I've ever made, nor are they my favorite. I halved it and it still was difficult for my KA to deal with this dough. I did add a couple of eggs and only put them in for 10 minutes each batch. I didn't really want biscotti type cookies; maybe that's what these are supposed to be, but I didn't want that. Hubs thought they didn't have enough sugar; I agree. They aren't very sweet, and they do look like little meatballs. Not really my thing but thank you for the recipe! Glad I could try.


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  • Calories
  • 89 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.6 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

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

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