So as I threatened, I made those Italian chocolate spice Christmas cookies that I've been obsessing over for awhile. It turns out the recipe I found on allrecipes was really close!
Since Jim started working nights (his first one last night) I had all day while he slept to whip these up. I refrigerated the dough overnight to make it easier to roll into balls.
I baked them for just 10 minutes because my oven tends to bake hot.
Then I covered them with the chocolate glaze (and a few drops of red food coloring to make it shiny), which was very messy.
And Jim recently told me that he thinks I need to work on my food presentation for the photos because they don't come out looking as good as they taste...so here's my effort at making them look cuter. I really just need to learn some more about photography.
So there you have it, best cookies in the world and only 95 calories a pop.
Here's the secret recipe.
Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
Red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
Cream the butter, white sugar, eggs and vanilla.
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. Roll into little 1/2 - 1 inch 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.
To Make Glaze: Combine 4 cups confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, add about 1/2 cup milk and about 2-3 drops of red food coloring. If a thicker consistency is desired, add more powdered sugar a little at a time. Pour small amount of glaze over each cookie.