CNYEats A Taste of Utica Italian Meatball Cookies

by Joanne on August 26, 2011

On page 212 and posted by Ruth you are going to find the most delicious cookie of all time.


In fact, after one bite, I had another, then another.  By the time I was ready to take photos, I had eaten too many and couldn’t split one to show you the moist rich chocolate center filled with nuts and raisins. Oh well. You’ll just have to make these yourself. Be careful. This will do serious damage to your diet (but it’s worth it).

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Italian Meatball Cookies (the frosting is like the sauce on the meatball – cute!) *Makes a LOT of cookies. I split the recipe and got 4 dozen.


  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cocoa
  • 1 TBS baking soda
  • 1 TBS nutmeg
  • 2 TBS cinnamon
  • 1 TBS cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cup milk
  • 4 sticks oleo (butter or lard)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix the dry ingredients together:  Flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, spices.

Put the egg in a cup and pour the milk over it to make 2 cups Melt the oleo (butter or whatever you’re using).   Mix well with the dry ingredients.

Add the raisins and nuts.  Mix well and roll into 3/4 inch to 1 inch balls.  Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Do not over bake.  9 minutes to be safe.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting (aka SAUCE!)

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shortening (butter)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and stir in shortening and corn syrup.  Add the sugar, cocoa, salt and vanilla.  Mix completely until smooth.

Dip the cooled cookies into the frosting.


Don’t eat too many!  There won’t be any left for the cookie tray.

One more cookie left the Italian Wedding Cookie. It’s special and…. I just might introduce you to the bride.  Tomorrow – watch for it.

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  • At 2011.08.26 08:31, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

    Geez, you are KILLING me with all these phenomenal cookies! It’s like showing beer to an aocoholic (ok maybe not that bad). What’s it going to take for you to pack me up a little sampler of them all?? 😀 I worry if I made a 1/2 batch… or a 1/4 batch I’d eat them all. In a day. Possible an hour. And then I probably would feel sick and not want a cookie again for the rest of the day. Ha Ha

    What a fun project. I need a friend to get married so I can bake cookies. Seriously!

    (I wasn’t joking about you sending me cookies either!)

    • At 2011.08.26 12:22, Sandra's Easy Cooking said:

      Wow, woww..I can picture myself eating too many:/ LOL! They look absolutely delicious, and great presentation!

      • At 2011.08.26 15:45, Sasha @ The Procrastobaker said:

        Yummmm, after your last post i could wait to see what cookies were coming next and you certainly didnt disappoint! These look gorrrgeouusss 🙂

        • At 2011.08.28 23:46, Tres Delicious said:

          That’s a fabulous cookies. I will certainly eat a lot of this stuff.

          • At 2012.07.14 16:53, Joanne Vaccaro said:

            this recipe is close but my dad put coffee, orange juice and grape jelly in his. can’t find the recipe anywhere. if anyone has it please let me know and we always glazed in white.

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