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Aunt Arlene's Italian Christmas Balls


Chocolate cookie balls
These are my favorite Christmas cookie. My great-aunt only made these once a year."

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped candied cherries
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup hot milk


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Sift 3 cups flour twice. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, white sugar and cocoa. Cream 1 cup butter or margarine; blend into flour mixture. Add 1/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, cherries and nuts. Mix thoroughly with hands until well blended. (Dough should be the consistency of pie crust, but not sticky.)
3. For each cookie, pinch off about 1 teaspoon dough. Roll by hands into balls, each about one-inch in diameter. Place on greased baking sheets. Do not flatten. Bake about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets; cool on racks. When cool, drizzle each generously with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles if desired.
4. To make Chocolate Frosting: Melt the chocolate squares over low heat. Cream with 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 cups of confectioner's sugar. Gradually add hot milk, beating until smooth.

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Servings

24 balls

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

no nutrition information available