Thursday, December 10, 2009

Grandma's Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

Grandma's will always have first place when making these cookies, and now several generations later still capturing hearts from year to year.











Back in the 80's when the kids were little, we began our traditions with hope that they too would carry on.








Every Christmas, each member of the family picks their favorite cookie to put on the list, this happens to be my oldest son Chad. That's him in the picture looking straight at you. Since he was the age of four, he has loved these cookies and they still remain his very favorite of all cookies.Oh and by the way, he is now in his 20's, my my how time flys. He will still ask me every year to make this cookie, as if I would every forget.... His brother however, loves peanut butter...so that's another post in the future....(laughing out loud)

When they were both little, we use to make Christmas cookies the whole month of October and November, and freeze them we have at least 14 different kinds. Grandma and Mom had so many different kinds I would make them all so they could choose their favorites to remember. Once I went back to work, there was no time to devote to that kind of baking, and of course they soon were grown, now only the favorites that they really loved as children are the ones we make every year. Its amazing I realized only then, when they both grew up and went out on their own, what incredible memories we shared in those days. Those days have carried on through the years as they became adults. Those favorite cookies, that linger in all our minds through childhood days stays with you through your whole adult life. That's the greatest gift of all, that we all share and give to each other and you don't even know when it really happens, with food you can etch a memory of taste that lasts forever.


How fast the time goes by, and these by far are the hardest of posts to write, tears of the happiest days and times gone by, but life goes on. We all continue making new memories to share through our lives through our foods we share with our families and friends. Great moments in time last forever through our cooking and sharing recipes. Those tastes are embedded in our memories forever from our childhoods long into adulthood and that's what makes these holidays so special, because someone else somewhere has made the same kind of memories that last forever, so this plain and simple cookie became a very special part of our Christmas baking and will for years to come.





This chocolate cookie is soft but firm, not crumbly. It has a cinnamon, clove spicey taste, perfect for the holiday season. Blended with un sweet cocoa and chocolate chips then topped with a sugary glaze to accent just enough sweetness.


They are a plentiful recipe, great for gift giving or a cookie swaps.




Roll them into perfectly round balls two inches apart on your baking sheet. They won't spread too much but you want to leave room.


The batter smells great with the cinnamon, cloves and chocolate combined.




In a large bowl cream together:
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 pk 8oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups flour
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of cocoa
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Add to creamed mixture and alternate with 1 cup of evaporated milk After you have blended thoroughly, add 2 cups of chocolate chips and (1 cup of walnuts these are optional). Roll into the size of a walnut bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes, cool. Frost with white icing.
2 cups confectionery sugar 2 tablespoons of shortening add evaporated milk a little at a time till easy to spread on cooled cookies.
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