Tatus (Totos Italian Chocolate Cookies)

Anne Bruscato Nunez


This is a very old, passed-down recipe in our family. We always bake them at Christmas.

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A wonderful Italian Christmas cookie that tastes of the holidays. This recipe is what happens when a chocolate cookie meets a spice cookie. The cookie is thick, chewy, soft, and cake-like. Not super sweet you taste cloves and cinnamon, but they're not overpowering. Dipping the cookies in a glaze adds the needed sweetness and is the perfect final touch. Definitely add these Italian cookies to your Christmas cookie tray. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


★★★★☆ 3 votes

30 Min
8 Min


  • 5 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder, rounded
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    cloves, ground
  • 1 c
    pecans, chopped
  • 4
  • 1 1/4 c
    vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 16 oz
    Hershey's chocolate syrup (roughly 1 2/3 cup)
  • 1 1/2 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 5-6 Tbsp
    milk (depending on thickness you desire)

How to Make Tatus (Totos Italian Chocolate Cookies)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer, beat eggs. Add shortening and sugar, mix until combined.
  3. Add chocolate syrup and beat until smooth.
  4. Incorporate dry ingredients and stir just until combined. (Do not overmix).
  5. Fold in pecans. Refrigerate dough for about an hour to reduce stickiness and make it easier to roll.
  6. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch) and bake for 8 minutes. Do not overbake.
  7. Once cookies are cool, mix glaze to desired consistency.
  8. Dip tops in the glaze.
  9. Allow icing to completely dry.

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About Tatus (Totos Italian Chocolate Cookies)

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Heirloom

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