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Italian Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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This recipe for Italian Chocolate Cookies, by , is from The Lombardo/SaglibeneFamily Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Aunt Marion Lombardo Chiarenza
Added: Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I lb. butter or margarine (2 cups)
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. cloves
1 1/2 cups cocoa
10 cups flour
1 cup strawberry jam (do not use jelly)
1 cup white raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 - 1 cup cream sherry wine

For icing:
2 lbs powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla or lemon juice
water enough to make a thin icing

Cream margarine and sugar together, add eggs and mix well. Then add spices, flour, soda, baking powder, cocoa, jam and enough wine to make a soft dough. Add nuts and raisins. Shape into balls the size of small walnuts and place on an ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes. May be frosted with a powdered sugar lemon or vanilla icing when cool.

Dip cookies in icing and dry on racks.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is cousin Diane Melerski's favorite cookie. She says this recipe will feed a cast of thousands - like most Italian recipes. It makes about 250 cookies. Feel free to cut the recipe in half, you will still have plenty for yourself and some to give as gifts! This is a cookie that all of our aunts made with some variation at Christmas time and for weddings and other special occasions. For example, Aunt Cay McGowan's recipe calls for less cloves and some nutmeg and instead of wine, 1/2 cup coffee and 1/4 cup orange juice. She and Aunt Marion used grape jelly instead of the strawberry. So just go ahead and be creative!




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