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Italian Meatball Cookies

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Created by Dawn Marie, Date Added: Thursday, 16 December 2010
Average User Rating (out of 4)vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image / 4 9 Users Voted

These cookies smell, taste and are Christmas to me! It just isn't Christmas without them! I grew up eating them during the holidays and now cherish the time making them with my sons!

Time to start baking for Christmas!! This is my favorite Christmas cookie and always the first one I bake. My youngest son Ronny and I made these this past weekend. MMMMM So yummy!! The smell while baking reminds me of my childhood, and Christmas time. Mom and Grandma always had these on the cookie tray.

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  • 1 ¼ Cup Crisco
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 Cups Flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TBS each of
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • ¾ Cup Hershey cocoa
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins

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  1. Cream shortening and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and milk and vanilla a little at a time.
  3. Add dry ingredients and spices. Mix well.
  4. Add nuts, chips, and raisins and mix.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, a little smaller than a golf ball. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Cool and glaze. I just use powdered sugar, a little water and a little milk for the glaze and just dunk the cookies in the glaze and let dry on rack.

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Dark Chocolate Cocoa powder is also very good with these cookies!

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Review by tlen , Saturday, 18 December 2010 vote imagevote imagevote image
Like the profiterol!
Review by lkkalj , Sunday, 19 December 2010 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
I am going to try these today. They look yummy!
Review by Zingida , Sunday, 30 December 2012 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
I made these and they were so good I had to make another batch because everyone gobbled them up as fast as I baked and frosted them. This is a must in my collection from now on...I loved them
Review by Joey 23 , Tuesday, 10 September 2013 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
I've looking for this recipe for years,this is the best i have had . thank you
Review by christinascookies , Saturday, 19 October 2013 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Great recipe! I remember my mother coming home from showers and parties with a dish of cookies when i was a child, and these cookies were always among the assortment. They were easy to make and baked up beautifully. Thanks!
Review by cmccann467 , Wednesday, 27 November 2013 vote imagevote imagevote image
Sounds delicious! Haven't made it as yet. I need to know how much black pepper to put in this recipe.....Thanks
Review by PaulaA , Monday, 23 December 2013 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
I will make this again and no recipe alterations needed!
Review by Luca44 , Monday, 08 December 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Delicious, my mother-in-law added chopped Cherrys.
Review by Momsmobg , Tuesday, 09 December 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
About how many does this recipe make?