Grandma's Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Grandma's will always have first place when making these cookies, and now several generations later still capturing hearts from year to year.

Back in the 80's when the kids were little, we began our traditions with hope that they too would carry on.

Every Christmas, each member of the family picks their favorite cookie to put on the list, this happens to be my oldest son Chad. That's him in the picture looking straight at you. Since he was the age of four, he has loved these cookies and they still remain his very favorite of all cookies.Oh and by the way, he is now in his 20's, my my how time flys. He will still ask me every year to make this cookie, as if I would every forget.... His brother however, loves peanut that's another post in the future....(laughing out loud)

When they were both little, we use to make Christmas cookies the whole month of October and November, and freeze them we have at least 14 different kinds. Grandma and Mom had so many different kinds I would make them all so they could choose their favorites to remember. Once I went back to work, there was no time to devote to that kind of baking, and of course they soon were grown, now only the favorites that they really loved as children are the ones we make every year. Its amazing I realized only then, when they both grew up and went out on their own, what incredible memories we shared in those days. Those days have carried on through the years as they became adults. Those favorite cookies, that linger in all our minds through childhood days stays with you through your whole adult life. That's the greatest gift of all, that we all share and give to each other and you don't even know when it really happens, with food you can etch a memory of taste that lasts forever.

How fast the time goes by, and these by far are the hardest of posts to write, tears of the happiest days and times gone by, but life goes on. We all continue making new memories to share through our lives through our foods we share with our families and friends. Great moments in time last forever through our cooking and sharing recipes. Those tastes are embedded in our memories forever from our childhoods long into adulthood and that's what makes these holidays so special, because someone else somewhere has made the same kind of memories that last forever, so this plain and simple cookie became a very special part of our Christmas baking and will for years to come.

This chocolate cookie is soft but firm, not crumbly. It has a cinnamon, clove spicey taste, perfect for the holiday season. Blended with un sweet cocoa and chocolate chips then topped with a sugary glaze to accent just enough sweetness.

They are a plentiful recipe, great for gift giving or a cookie swaps.

Roll them into perfectly round balls two inches apart on your baking sheet. They won't spread too much but you want to leave room.

The batter smells great with the cinnamon, cloves and chocolate combined.

In a large bowl cream together:
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 pk 8oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups flour
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of cocoa
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Add to creamed mixture and alternate with 1 cup of evaporated milk After you have blended thoroughly, add 2 cups of chocolate chips and (1 cup of walnuts these are optional). Roll into the size of a walnut bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes, cool. Frost with white icing.
2 cups confectionery sugar 2 tablespoons of shortening add evaporated milk a little at a time till easy to spread on cooled cookies.


  1. These sound wonderful. I just printed out the recipe and can't wait to try em. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  2. wonderful cookies and memories!time fly,fly,fly...

  3. Such beautiful family story...just warms my heart. Thanks for sharing. Love the cookies...soft and firm. I would really like them.

  4. Aww .. I know what you mean. You wouldn't trade those memories for all the world, but sometimes they can make you a little melancholy. It's a bittersweet thing - thank you for sharing! And it goes without say - but I'll say it anyway - those cookies look very very delish.

  5. The cookies sound wonderful. And I just love how food brings back memories and connects us with your past...

  6. Wonderful memories and the cookies look amazing!

  7. Grandma's cookies have to be good. I am baking like mad this year - as my grown-up kids expect it! My 80-year old mother still whips up a storm in the ktichen. All with the idea - of passing the traditions on. Hard to see the years go. So satisfying when you know how much they counted. I love spice cookies, spice cake, spice bread. I know I will love these.

  8. As always another great post, I can't blame Chad for making these his favorite.

  9. Cookie recipes are the best ones to share, they seem to have the best memories. This is a lovely cookie receipe and the story that goes with it makes it priceless. The Christmas photo is just adorable, it really made me smile out loud!Thanks for sharing!

  10. If we want to keep the cookies in a cookie jar, then is it best not to glace them?

  11. These are great! It's always wonderful to have traditions like this!

  12. Great story and cookies! My grandmother used to make a similar cookie (no cream cheese though) called Tortos - they are divine. I always loved the different spices with the chocolate.

  13. So many great cookie recipes you have! I HAVE to remember these when I start doing my cookies for my son's bake sale :)

  14. Beautiful post. I really love to look back on the holiday baking traditions of my family, too. My mom and I would spend days making chocolates, pies and cookies before Christmas to give as gifts and to take to our own family gatherings. Your cookies look amazing. I can't wait to try them :)

  15. @kathleen thank you I hope you enjoy them as much as we have all these years :)
    @alison thanks alison
    @@marymoh thank you :)
    @tasty trix you are right about those feelings sometimes the holidays are so hard
    @andrea thanks andrea
    @5star thanks
    @claudia god bless your mom at 80! wow
    @daydreamerdsrts chad thanks you too!
    @kathyvegas glad it made you smile I miss that age too
    @cheah thank you
    @dollydoesdessert thank you
    @tastyeatsathome thanks
    @kriskishere those sound great too!
    @rochelle glad you like them thank you
    @chris appreciate your kind words :)

  16. Yes Grandma's cookies are always the best! Nice to see you way back then. My kids would love these cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe and memories!

  17. even though the recipe is great - it is so much better with memories...thanks for sharing this

  18. Aw, I love your memories. We also used to make cookies over a whole weekend and we are going to do it tomorrow. We don't make as many any more. Thanks for bringing up such nice memories, and a delicious cookie!

  19. What a lovely sentimental post and, of course, the cookies look fantastic!

  20. what a great story....and wonderful pics! So many great things to try!

  21. I LOVE the retro photo! And the amazing looking cookies. It's like they were snowed on! VERY seasonal. :)

  22. Legacy of love from generation to generation. Looks good. My kids will love these.

  23. These sound fabulous! I love the thought of the chocolate and spice combination.

  24. Legacy of love from generation to generation. Looks good. My kids will love these.

  25. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. Happy holidays to you and your readers, from us at

  26. These cookies look wonderful...chocolate and spice lovely combo especially with the icing.

  27. Hi
    These sound great I have a wedding comming up and would like to make them seeing I am doing the cookies for favors. But I have a question
    I noticed there are no eggs is this correct?
    Thank You

  28. @ Anonymous: nope no eggs...that is correct

  29. I've been looking for a recipe like this for years. My husband's grandmother made something like this and I've been trying to recreate the cookies he remembers. Thanks for sharing your family memory and hopefully letting my husband enjoy his memories as well!


Thanks for your visit and comments I so appreciate my readers! Hope you enjoy my recipes.