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"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."--Calvin Trillin

Taylor Street Italian Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. dried cinnamon
3/4 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 cups ground walnuts

4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk plus more if needed to make a thin consistency

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar. Add the milk and vanilla. In another bowl, blend all the dry ingredients together. Then slowly add them to the sugar/butter mixture; mix well. Add the dried fruit, chocolate chips and ground nuts in by hand. Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool. Frosting: Mix the powdered sugar and add milk until you get the right consistency. When cookies cool, dip them into the thin frosting and let them air dry.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
My friend Joyce lived on Taylor Street in Little Italy around the same time as my father. She loved to bake and would sell cookies out of her home. My father fell in love with these and she kindly gave me the recipe, making me promise not to give it on to anyone else. She passed away many years ago, so I hope it is safe to share now.




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