Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Italian Chocolate Fudge Rolls are a must at Christmas time.

These are exactly what they sound like, fudge-filled cookies!

These can be rolled or made into fudge cookie squares just by taking a shortcut and rolling out the dough, adding the filling top with dough, bake and viola cut into squares.

The cookies are so much prettier for the Christmas Holiday so I roll them, a little work but once a year is a must for me.

Italian style rich buttery dough with Fudge baked into a delicious cookie crust!

This is one of those all-time childhood favorite Christmas cookies.

During the holidays we made several cookies maybe you remember some of the 24 cookies recipes in the past I made?

We also loved making copycat Girl Scout Cookies recipes, they are so easy!

Once you make that filling it's hard not to keep eating it before it gets into the dough for the cookies, it's so addicting.

Scroll dough for this easy festive cookie that's great any time of the year but looks beautiful on that Christmas tray and perfect for gift giving!!

This is a recipe on how to make Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies these are the most decadent filled fudge cookie ever and Italian specialty at Christmas

This is a recipe on how to make Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies these are the most decadent filled fudge cookie ever and Italian specialty at Christmas

Many Versions

There are so many versions of this dough to make.

Mom had one, grandma had one. I adapted this one.

The original dough was with cream cheese and extremely hard to work with.

If you added more flour it got hard when they cooked.

I adapted this one and it's easier to handle, roll, and stays very tender yet a more of a flaky kind and tasting crust.

The reason is the shortening in it.

these are sliced fudge rolls

The Filling

These Italian Chocolate Fudge Cookie Rolls came out perfect.

The filling taste exactly like high-quality delicious chocolate fudge and although the recipe calls traditionally for walnuts I use roasted pistachios.

If you have ever made the condensed milk chocolate fudge recipes online, this bakes perfectly inside this cookie dough.

I think this was my favorite cookie as a child the fudge inside is decadent, the cookie screams Christmas.

Other Holiday Traditional Baking Favorite

The traditional cookies like sesame seed, anisette biscotti, S-shaped cookies, pizzelles, struffoli, just to name a few.

We also love a cake called Italian Pandoro, it's a light and tender scratch cake.

Our traditions are to make at least 14 kinds of cookies and then give them all away (well most of them).

these are cookie dough filled with chocolate fudge


  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • fork or spatula
  • nut chopper if using
  • baking cookie sheet
  • parchment paper

this is the fudge that goes into the cookie dough for fudge rolls

Some Tips First

  1. I completely cool my cookies after they are baked then slice
  2. The fudge will stick to the knife if still warm so I found that using a plastic knife works better
  3. Dust with powdered sugar
  4. These freeze very well and travel great if your mailing
  5. The dough is a little tricky to roll out so be sure to use lots of flour on either wax paper or parchment paper when rolling

this is cookie dough with chocolate fudge in the center

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies Scroll down to the recipe card for the measurements

  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • shortening
  • whole milk
  • baking soda
  • chocolate semi-sweet chips
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • chopped walnuts or pistachios (which is what I use)

this is how to make Italian fudge roll cookies. This is a vintage recipe of dough that is filled with a chocolate fudge, rolled then sliced. These are two loaves it makes.

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This is a recipe on how to make Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies these are the most decadent filled fudge cookie ever and Italian specialty at Christmas

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Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies

Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies

prep time: 25 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 50 M
Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookie is an Italian Traditional fudge filled cookie decadent and made at Christmas cookies with real fudge inside recipe via What's Cookin Italian Style Cuisine


We Have Two Doughs to choose from the first recipe is the one in the photo's (one is mom's and the second one is my Aunt's recipe)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • alternative dough using cream cheese dough and the same filling scroll to the end
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or toasted pistachios (which is what I use)
  • Melt 2 cups chocolate semi-sweet chips in a microwave-proof bowl with one can of sweetened condensed milk, add 1 cup chopped walnuts, and set aside.


How to cook Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies

  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and shortening together.
  2. Add the egg and milk and slowly pour the flour, baking soda in to form a soft dough. Cut the dough into 4 even rounds.
  3. Roll out each piece into a rectangular shape. 
  4. Spoon a heaping scoop of the chocolate filling into the center of the dough and spread with a spatula evenly on the dough.
  5. Roll up like a jelly roll. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before slicing.
  7. Note: These can also be made in a brownie pan rolling out the dough to fit like a pie crust, add to the greased pan top with filling and another thin rolled crust on top. Bake until the crust is browned. Cool and cut into squares. These are much thicker, richer, and very sweet.  I prefer the rolling of the dough but it's a little harder to do.
  8. Alternative Dough Recipe with Cream Cheese:
  9. 2 sticks of butter softened
  10. 1 -  8 ounce package of cream cheese at room temperature
  11. 3 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt Mix all together until the dough forms a ball. Proceed the same as the above. The photos are of the first dough in this posting.
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  1. They look insanely good and tempting with fudge filling.

  2. OMG! How early can you bake these before Christmas?

  3. I've never heard of these cookies, but they look absolutely amazing! I could say I would make these for cookie exchange, but they wouldn't make it out of my kitchen :)

  4. I can not wait to try this incredible Christmas cookie. I have never tried it. It is really interesting and I'm sure very tasty recipe.

  5. Yummy cookies with a chocolate walnut filling inside? Sign me up! These sound absolutely amazing!

  6. I have never had a cookies like this one, and clearly I have been missing out! I am loving the sound of the filling. I bet they are rich and sooooo delicious.

  7. Dear Claudia, your cookies are beautiful and look absolutely delicious. I know my family would love these and I would too. I have to make these soon. XO

  8. Wow, these look fabulous! I'd love to give these to my book club!

  9. These looks so good. Love that they are fudge based. I love tradition. I love making my mom and grandmothers recipes too.

  10. With recipes like this, it makes me wish I could spend time in your mama and grandma's kitchen!

  11. Oh my these look totally delicious, I'm sure my family and friends would love them!

  12. One of my favorite things about Christmas is the Christmas Baking! I love the family history behind these fudge roll cookies! They look delicious! I will be making your recipe with my kids this year!

  13. These Fudge Roll cookies look like the perfect holiday treat! I know my kids are going to love them.

  14. These Italian Chocolate Fudge Rolls are so goood! Definitely a must have this Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe!

  15. This cookie is definitely a keeper!! Love the fudgy taste and the cookies would be great in my cookie gift boxes. And we're like you -- make them early, freeze them and give them away. Makes it so much easier.

  16. These look so good. I'm going to try making a vegan version of them. When I do, I will come back and let you know how they turned out!

  17. What a delicious rustic Italian recipe! I wish I could reach right through my screen and grab one of those delicious fudge roll cookies. Mmmm....

  18. YUMMMMMM, Claudia! You make the most amazing Italian cookies!

  19. This Fudge Roll Cookie will be amazing! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,461!
    Miz Helen

  20. I am on my second batch. My first dough was not even dough. My second batch is not much better. Unable to roll. I made these last year with no problem. What did I do wrong?

    1. did you do the 1st recipe for cookie dough or the cream cheese dough? The cookie dough needs more flour when rolling out for it not to stick. Other than using more flour for rolling I cant imagine why you cant roll them. More flour on the board is the only thing I can think of.

  21. Whoa, these are impressive! I bet they are great next to a steaming cup of cocoa or coffee! Thanks for sharing!


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