Lilly’s Italian Fudge Totos

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 10-1/2 dozen

Updated: Dec. 13, 2023
Lilly's Italian Fudge Totos Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur, optional
  • 2 teaspoons coffee extract, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark baking cocoa
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 package (2 pounds) confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3/4 to 1 cup orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, dissolve espresso powder in hot water; cool slightly. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs, cooled espresso mixture, chocolate syrup, orange zest and extract, coffee liqueur and extract if desired, and vanilla (mixture will look curdled). In another bowl, whisk flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until firm, 10-12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for glaze, in a large bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, orange zest and enough orange juice to reach dipping consistency. Remove cookies from oven. Immediately dip cookies into glaze; allow excess to drip off. Place on wire racks; let stand until set. Drizzle cookies with remaining glaze; let stand until set. Store between pieces of waxed paper in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 80 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.