Italian Chocolate Cookies – 2013 Food Blogger Cookie Swap

I was so excited to particpate in my first blogger based baking event this year. What a great group to work with and with such awesome results….over $13,000 raised by participant entry fees and sponsor gifts, all given to Cookies for Kids Cancer! Wahoo!!!!!
As soon as I entered the exchange, I knew exactly what cookies I wanted to make. And then realized they were already on this blog….my Michigan shortbread. Doh!20131122_220456

But that’s ok – I had a great back up plan….Italian Chocolate Cookies!!!  I am not sure how this recipe had not  yet made it onto the blog…other than Dan does most of the food blogging…but I was grateful.

There is a wonderful little Italian Bakery close to home that I love to wander into every so often….mainly for tasty samples and to take in all of the wonderful smells…..freshly frosted cakes, hot-out-of-the-oven bread and of course their cannoli’s.  But they also have a wonderful assortment of cookies.  I will sometimes splurge on a small box to take home to treat Dan and the kids.  But their chocolate cookies…well, those are a rare treat at over $10/pound!  Ouch!

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So, one Saturday about a year ago, My Mom and I poured over countless recipes online and even bought a few cookies to sample to pick up on certain flavors, spices, etc and set out to make our own.  We did a fantastic job and can make dozens of these beauties for less than what the bakery charges for a pound! Win!!

I had a great time making these for the cookie exchange.  Packaging and shipping proved to be a bit of a challenge…so I hope the recepients received them in good condition.

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These quickly became a hit in my family and they really are super easy to make.  I hope they become one of your favorites, too!

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to those that I received wonderful cookies from. Do yourself a HUGE favor and check out their food blogs.  Absolutely gorgeous and scrumptious food going on over there….seriously!!

Peppermint Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – Jenn – http://therebelchick.com/

Old Fashion sugar cookies – Chris – http://thekeenancookbook.com/

Citrus cookies – Melanie – http://www.melanieinthemiddle.com/

I apologize for lack of pictures of those….they were quickly devoured!!!

Also – if you are interested in participating in this fun and tasty exchange next year (and remember – it’s for a good cause!) – go here to get on the mailing list.  Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Italian Chocolate Cookies

Original Recipe by: Jennifer Endicott

Yields: approximately 5 dozen

3 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup butter – softened
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbls cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 375

Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and cocoa powder and set aside.

Cream butter then blend in flour mixture.

Add milk, vanilla and chocolate chips. Mix thoroughly.

Pinch off about a tablespoon and roll into balls. Don’t place them too close…but these do not spread too much. They will not flatten.

Bake for 10 minutes till bottom edge seems done.

Cool for about 10 minutes before applying drizzle.

Drizzle:

1/4 cup hot milk
1 tbls butter melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioners sugar

Blend together and drizzle over the cookies, as much or as little as you would like.

Let the drizzle harden before packing the cookies or putting in cookie jar.

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