Italian Chocolate-Spice Cookies


These cake-like Italian cookies are a delicious snack. The cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, and vanilla blend perfectly in the recipe.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup strong coffee, cooled

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Drizzle

Powdered Sugar Drizzle

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. If desired, line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cocoa, cinnamon, and cloves. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cooled coffee, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in nuts. If necessary, cover and chill dough until easy to handle (1 to 2 hours).

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter). Place balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. (Cookies may still appear soft. Do not overbake.) Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Drizzle with icing. Let icing dry. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Powdered Sugar Drizzle

  1. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and enough milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) to make an icing of drizzling consistency.

Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months; thaw cookies and frost.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
7g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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