Tutu's aka Italian Chocolate Cookies

Tutu's Aka Italian Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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Mary Louise


I was given this recipe many years ago ... back in 1978 from a patient I took care of in Milwaukee. At Christmas her family had brought in huge trays of cookies. On that tray were these and they were my favorite. She gave me the recipe which was written in weight and was huge. I transcribbed the recipe to measurements and made it much smaller.
I have made these every Christmas since 1978 and they have become a traditional Christmas cookie for our family.


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6 c
1 1/4 c
2 heaping Tbsp
cocoa powder
2 heaping Tbsp
2 heaping Tbsp
baking powder
1 c
plus 2 teaspoons, crisco
eggs, beaten
1/4 c
1 c
semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 c
chopped walnuts
3 1/2 c
powdered sugar
1 Tbsp

How to Make Tutu's aka Italian Chocolate Cookies


  • 1Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and baking powder. Mix with hands. Add Crisco.
  • 2Add eggs. Mix well.
  • 3Add milk. Mix well.
  • 4Add chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • 5Make balls about half the size of a walnut.
  • 6Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • 7Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • 8Cool.
  • 9Mix glaze. Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and milk to a thin consistency. Dip cookies on glaze and allow to dry.
  • 10Store in an air tight container or tin.
  • 11*** NOTE: I have written the recipe exactly as given to me. Years ago I mixed these with my hands! Today I use my food processor to combine the dry ingredients with crisco. Using the pulse button I combine like I do for pie crust.
    I then place these ingredients in my large kitchen aid mixer bowl. I then mix on low speed until combined.

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About Tutu's aka Italian Chocolate Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Regional Style: Italian

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