Copycat Rosato Chocolate Rock Cookies

Friday, April 26, 2019
Growing up in Utica New York, my favorite cookies over 50 years ago were these copycat Rosato chocolate cookies that had thin icing, no spices and looked like rocks!

They really are quite soft and spongy compared to a rock, but since they looked like one in color, that's all I knew them by.

This recipe has been made many times until I could duplicate it to memory and this is as close as I could get to the real deal.

One thing that I realized after several tries, the cocoa is a key ingredient for the most authentic tasting cookies.

I loved these cookies then and now and happy to make a copycat version.

The cookies are a memory etched in my mind.

They came in a clear plastic bag and had very thin icing on them.

If you are from the Utica New York area and loved a chocolate cake rock looking cookie, you just found a great likeness to your childhood memory.

Utica is famous for Tomato Pie, Italian Greens, Italian Lemon Ice, Pizza Fritta, Chicken Riggies, Manny's Cheesecake, Oscugnizzo Pizza, Pusties and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.

Scroll down for the recipe card, if you're not interested in the history behind this delicious cookie, and print it off.

Chocolate cookies from a local bakery in Upstate NY they have a light powdered sugar glaze on them and look like rocks

Bakeries in Utica

My first memory was these are dark in color, a chocolate cookie with thin icing that came from a bakery in Utica, New York on Bleeker St. The cookies were light and airy, rich dark chocolate with a thinly glazed icing on top.

I have made several recipes over the years, and these came the closest ever!

They are not chocolate meatball cookies that most of us made around Christmas time.

My grandmother always made a cinnamon spice chocolate glazed cookie not to be confused with this one.

These have no spices in them, a hint of almond flavor or vanilla, a light chocolate cookie, that's is a truly decadent delight! These are NOT meatball cookies.

this is how to make chocolate cookies they are a copycat recipe from Utica New York

Molded into Shape

The cookies were in an oval-shaped form.

They also were all irregular in style, shapes, bumpy, not uniform.

I loved the lightness inside and almost spongy texture.

My grandmother, Victoria Colenzo Ferraro,  always walked from our Lansing St. home and would come home with a package of these cookies from a store called Traversa on Bleeker St.

Lucky for me my brother Luke Colenzo remembered the name of this store, I just couldn't remember the name as it was so long ago back in 1960 something.

They had the best cookies I remember as a child and these are a close second for sure!

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Other Bakeries

Later on, we had another bakery I remember called Rosatos that made these delicious cookies.

A little lighter in chocolate color, still similar, light and a great likeness.

After over 50 years in that memory, I decided to keep making cookies until it came close to that memory.

These brought back so many memories to friend and family, I wanted to share the recipe with you.

this is how to make chocolate cookies they are a copycat recipe from Utica New York

Not Exactly the Same

The ones my grandmother brought home were a little different.

They were almost a dark brownie color, I since then have tried some darker cocoa powder and got even closer.

If you can find the darkest cocoa powder that would be the ticket to the ones I remember in the 1960s.

These are more like the ones we find locally in Utica, to this famous bakery called Rosato.

This is a close copycat of that bakery.

this is how to make chocolate cookies they are a copycat recipe from Utica New York

Utica Has Some of the Best Italian Food and Bakeries

I always encourage everyone to visit my hometown, Utica, New York you're missing out on some great Italian authentic foods.

They are famous for Chicken Riggies, Half Moon cookies, Cannoli, Tomato Pie, Sausage and Peppers, Pizza Fritta and so much more!

I travel back home just to have their Pusties and Fried Haddock!

I really love everything about my hometown and the foods that came from there, it was a wonderful childhood and the best of times we all grew up with.

The 1960s were full of so much love, pride and family time, and even school was fun times.

Utica,, New York still has the best of the best Italian foods passed down from generation to generation.

You won't want to miss trying out the foods they're famous for at least once!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • shortening mixed with melted 2 - 1-ounce squares of the unsweetened chocolate ( I use Bakers chocolate squares.) make sure they are 1 ounce each
  • Dark unsweetened cocoa powder online or Hersheys unsweetened cocoa powder
  • brown sugar,
  • whole egg with 1 egg white,
  • vanilla or almond extract I used almond,
  • milk with 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar let sit to sour for 10 minutes.
  • flour,
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • pinch of salt

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The Best Memories

I just love to try and recreate recipes.

This is one that flavor etched in my memories as a little girl.

The chocolate cookie is delicious, homemade and such a delightful treat.

I hope it brings back a smile and a fun time for you too.

These chocolate rock looking cookies are the best!

this is how to make chocolate cookies they are a copycat recipe from Utica New York

Try Some Of my other Copycat Recipes From my Hometown!

Chocolate Meatball Spice Cookies Grandma's Recipe

Utica Greens

Lemon Ice

Manny's Cheese Cake

Copycat O'scugnizzo Pizza

Chocolate cookies from a local bakery in Upstate NY they have a light powdered sugar glaze on them and look like rocks


As I mentioned cocoa powder is a key ingredient.

If you can order dark unsweetened cocoa powder online instead of using regular unsweetened cocoa, that is a key to making a darker fudgy looking cookies.

King Arthur, doe sells unsweetened SPECIAL dark, this online or you can find dark in specialty bakery shops.

Do not overcook these cookies, or the results will be dry.

They should be a bit springy to the touch in the middle.

Copycat cookies are never exact, but these will bring back amazing memories of childhood cookies that looked like rocks in the 1960s.

Everyone loves these and I still make them often.

Hope you love these copycat Rosato chocolate rock cookies as much as we do.

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Copycat Rosato Cookies from Upstate New York

prep time: 10 min cook time: 15 min total time: 25 mins
These are a childhood Italian cookie recipe that looks like a molded oval chocolate rock that is covered with a thin icing that I grew up within the Utica New York area. A copycat recipe and not an original. It's as close as it gets.


  • 1/2 cup shortening mixed with melted 2 - 1-ounce squares of the unsweetened chocolate ( I use Bakers semi or dark chocolate squares.) make sure they are 1  ounce each 
  • 1 tablespoon of  Dark Cocoa or Hersheys unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Add 1 cup brown sugar,
  • 1  whole egg with 1 egg white,
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract I used almond,
  • 1/2 cup milk with 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar let sit to sour for 10 minutes.
  • 1 1/2 cups flour,
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder,
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt 


  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and blend together to form a thick dough. The dough will come away from the bowl when correctly blending is completed.
  2. Form and mold into egg shapes.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for almost 10 minutes until middles are dry looking. Around 10 to 12 minutes varies by the oven and where you set the racks. They will puff up and be dry in the middles. Keep an eye on them at 10 minutes.
  4. Cool and frost.
  5. For Frosting: I mix 2 cups of powdered sugar with water a little at a time, to make a thin glaze.
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Upstate New York Tomato Pie

Best Fish Fry in Upstate New York Recipe

this is how to make chocolate cookies they are a copycat recipe from Utica New York

Mom Favorite Fig Cookies

this is a chocolate covered fig newton with walnuts

Mom's Wedding tray favorite no-bake fig cookie and recipe:

Packages of fig cookies store-bought cut in half (she would use fig newtons) You will have to judge how many you need. She made enough to feed 300 people!

Chocolate Chips melted (she would use semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Crushed walnuts

Wax paper

Cookie sheet

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Cut the cookies lengthwise in half. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave until free-flowing.

Dip each cookie into chocolate using a fork allowing the excess to drop off into the bowl.

Roll in coarsely chopped walnuts. Set on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and allow to dry. You can also freeze these for them to set quickly.

Best Cannoli Pie

Saturday, April 13, 2019
This is a cannoli pie that's creamy, addicting, and the best recipe for either no-bake or baked cannoli pie!

It actually perfect for holidays, birthdays, picnics, family events, and gatherings, social dinner parties or just because it's just so darn good!

The simplicity of this pie is astonishing, and anyone can whip this up in no time and the results are perfect every time.

The creamy baked filling has all the characteristics of the Italian pastry with this delicious flaky crust underneath the filling.

Don't wait to try this if you have a love for cannoli, this pie is out of this world delicious!

The no-bake version it's fast, super simple, and the perfect refreshing light summer dessert to make.

Either recipe is fabulous and will not disappoint you.

We love easy desserts like this one and another family favorite is Easy Red Raspberry Cobbler, it's super simple and another summer favorite.

Scroll down to my recipe card to print this off, we never wait for a holiday to make it anymore!

this is a photo of the best cannoli pie baked in the oven in a glass deep dish pie plate. It is on a wooden grey board and there is also a slice of pie on a pretty floral plate.


Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Did you know that pork breakfast sausages were super easy to make homemade?

This homemade breakfast sausage recipe is fantastic and so darn easy!

Well, I am here to tell you, these are better than anything you will ever buy in a grocery store for sure!

They took about 5 minutes to mix up and viola you will have the best homemade breakfast pork sausage patties

I promise you will never buy them again!

I honestly was skeptical about making them my first time, I really thought they would be very difficult and I don't usually have all the ingredients.

I purposely keep all dried herbs and spices on hand needed to make these anytime and ground pork in the freezer.

I couldn't find dried savory so I looked up the substitutions that are recommended and it said to use dried basil, it worked perfectly.

Fresh buttermilk is a must-have in this recipe.

There are a few ingredients you may not have in the pantry, so check out my list below.

These are the best pork breakfast sausages I have ever eaten and you can adjust the heat or spiciness to how you like them.

Scroll down for the recipe!

These are sauteed in oil pork breakfast sausages made into a pattie for breakfast . These patties are cooked dark and crispy on top


Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake

Monday, April 1, 2019
Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake has been a long-time favorite family recipe and it's a baked strawberry shortcake.

If you've baked strawberry desserts with buttermilk then you know how tender and moist the shortcake is.

Oh, I am sure you have heard of buttermilk biscuits, maybe had it in pancakes or even a cake right?

The addition of buttermilk makes this shortcake out of this world delicious.

There is more than one reason why it's so tasty and all made from sctatch.

First, it's the buttermilk that helps make a flaky style biscuit cake, then there is a streusel on top that turns this gourmet!

The best part of the cake is, the strawberries are baked on top all inside a cast-iron skillet!

A slice of heaven when topped with whipped cream or even your favorite flavored ice cream swirled with a fresh strawberry puree topping!

Come join me in making this fabulous first Spring dessert with fresh strawberries.

We are big fans of cast iron and love our Mom's recipes for burgers cooked in them along with even a delicious Chocolate Skillet Cookie!

After one taste, I am sure you will be baking this recipe time and time again throughout the whole summer!

This recipe was also featured in the May edition magazine for Taste of Home.

Scroll down for this fabulous printable recipe!

this is how to make an old fashioned buttermilk strawberry baked shortcake in a cast iron skillet with streusel topping