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Glazed Italian Spice Cookies Recipe

These cute little balls give you a soft, cake-like option for your Christmas cookie tray. The creamy almond glaze spread on top makes them extra yummy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:90 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • GLAZE:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and milk. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans.
  • 2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For glaze, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and extracts; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 90 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Radiochick57 User ID: 6836081 93406
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I have a recipe that was handed down from my aunt who was an amazing baker. I decided to try this one to see how they compare. This recipes needs double the spices and more chocolate. I made one batch as is and a second batch using more spice, some orange zest and a bit of orange juice. I added ginger, allspice raisins, double chocolate chips and used walnuts instead of pecans. Next time I'll stick to my Aunt's recipe"

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