CNYEats A Taste of Utica Chocolate Filled Cookies

by Joanne on December 2, 2012

Do I still run?  Yes.  Do I still get discouraged when it’s cold, windy, raining, or snowing and my pace goes from a run to a jog? Yes.  Do I tell myself there WILL BE THOSE KIND OF DAYS?  Yes.  Do I get out there and run again?  Yes. 

Yes, yes, yes.  I am still running, still whining about the weather, and still wishing I could run faster.  No matter what I’m crabbing about, I’m still grateful to be able to run and also know that as bad as a workout might be, when it’s all done, I stuck with it, didn’t quit and still feel a sense of accomplishment. This is what I call the healthy, mentally me.  

What’s your healthy mentally YOU?

Running recap:   Saturday was “half time”.  8 miles at an easy pace.  Shane and I enjoyed a jog around the golf course for 7 miles and Zoey went with me to finish a fast one miler at the end.  The best part of Saturday’s run was the HUGE breakfast I ate afterwards.  Sometimes I amaze myself at how much my belly can take in before it’s satisfied. Plate

Running recap 2:  Sunday’s longer run was 16 miles (that’s why Saturday was “half time” – get it?!).  It didn’t go as well as planned. Not sure why my energy wasn’t there but it might have been due to a nagging Achilles pain on my left side.  Every lump, bump, slope, and hump in the road made me aware something is up with that left leg.  The day off tomorrow should help although this has been going on for a few weeks now with no sign of getting better.

Oh well. When worried or NOT, it helps to eat a Chocolate Filled Cookies from our book A Taste of Utica.  Found on page 194, posted by Bertha Tartaglia.  Thank you Bertha.

You’ll think I’ve done a duplicate post if you remember the chocolate nut roll from a few weeks ago, found HERE. Each recipe is deliciously different.

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Makes 3 large loaves to be cut into cookie slices.

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  • 2 pkgs (20 oz) chocolate chips
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1/2 lb chopped walnuts

Melt the chips and stir in the milk and nuts. Keep warm so you can spread it easily over the dough.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk *Or less
  • 1 egg beaten

Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Spray a pan with non stick baking spray.

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add the egg and continue beating until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour mix and a little milk at a time until the dough is rolling consistency.  Separate into 3 balls.

Roll out one ball at a time then spread the chocolate filling on top.  Fold the dough and place in the prepared pan with seam on the bottom. Brush with egg yolk if you like. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Slice when completely cooled.

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How much holiday baking have you done so far?

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  • At 2012.12.02 16:06, Lori said:

    That looks delicious!

    I still need to get my mental self into the indoor trainer riding. It takes a while to be able to sit down on my butt on the trainer without being a bit grumpy because it isn’t outside LOL!

    We haven’t baked much yet. We are decided on the cookies to make for our cookie exchange and won’t actually do them until closer to Christmas because I will eat them – even if they are frozen!

    • At 2012.12.03 10:43, Mary @ Fit and Fed said:

      Ha! I amaze myself too with what a big meal I eat afterward if I’ve skated for a couple of hours. Sometimes it’s a 1000 calorie lunch. Your cookies look tempting, they remind me a little of the chocolate rugelach I see for sale at our food co-op. Holiday baking? I have done none, don’t know whether I will do any. I have a lot of December plans but mostly they revolve around events: family birthdays, parties, skating.

      • At 2012.12.04 11:08, SMDC said:

        Thanks for posting this! I’ve been SEARCHING google for this recipe. Phew. You’ve saved the xmas dessert table!

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