Italian Chocolate Chip Cookies

    1 hour 10 mins

    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.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 168 

    • 2 cups (450g) butter
    • 4 cups (1litre) milk
    • 12 cups (1.5kg) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (335g) caster sugar
    • 1 cup (120g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 3 1/2 cups (630g) semisweet chocolate chips
    • 2 cups (280g) chopped walnuts

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease cookie tins. 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, bicarbonate of 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 4cm balls and place onto the prepared cookie tins. 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 tins to cool on wire racks. Glaze with a thin sugar icing when cool to preserve freshness.

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    These are missing something. If you like hard chocolate bread like cookies then give them a go.  -  16 Feb 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  19 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    just like grandma used to make! very good.  -  10 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)