Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Italian Meatball Cookies

downright addicting...

The holiday baking continues...
Even though they have the "meatball" in the title, these cookies have "no meat" in them, trust me... I believe they are called that because they literally look like little meatballs before you bake them, and after you bake them too.



These cookies are little bits of spicy cocoa heaven!  They are filled with walnuts, mini chocolate chips, raisins and the best combination of holiday spices.  We also have to dip them in glaze of course, of course we do...
They are so amazingly aromatic, so much so, that they need to be stored and packaged separately.  However, my friends, they are downright addicting!!


Ready for the recipe? Here we go;

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 10-12 minutes
Yield: 5-6 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
5 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 cup shortening
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (can use regular size)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup raisins (I used golden)

Glaze:
2-3 cups confectioners' sugar
4-6 tbsp milk (I  used heavy cream)
*Note: the heavy cream gives the glaze an extra creamy texture and flavor, the icing takes a little longer to set

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 375F.

-In a medium bowl, add your spices flour and cocoa, mix thoroughly and set aside.

-In a large bowl, cream together your shortening and sugar using a mixer.  Once mixed and fluffy, add your eggs one at a time and beat well.  Add your milk and vanilla.

-Gradually add your dry ingredients, mixture will become very thick towards the ends.  I usually stop my mixer and start using a wooden spoon to finish mixing.

-Add your raisins, chocolate chips and nuts if using.  Mix well.


-Lightly flour your hands and form dough into 1 inch balls and place on pre-sprayed baking sheet.  These cookies do not spread, so you can add quite a few to the baking sheet, just make sure they are not touching.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, do not overbake.  Remove from oven, place on wire rack to cool.  See how they look like little meatballs? I know!! 


-Prepare your glaze, and when cookies are cool, take the cookie and dip the top of the cookie into the glaze.  Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired and place on wire rack to dry.
Continue dipping and sprinkling till all cookies are done.


So grab yourself a cup of coffee, or as in my husband's case, a large glass of milk and indulge my friends...



I mean who really can resist these little gems?  I have not met very many who can...
It could be the cocoa, maybe the spices or the bits of chocolate chips, nuts and raisins?  I think it's a combination of all three to be honest.  All I can say is they are delicious!!




Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

2 comments :

  1. My God Didi you are killing me with all these sweets!

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    1. LOL, Katerina sweetheart, it's ")oliday time"!! ;-)

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