Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

Lisa’s Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipe!

Mother Marge Ferraro’s Baking Book

 (From her Aunt Counge Ficarri’s family recipe)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

(You can split this recipe but here’s the Italian version…Meaning a LOT of cookies!)

 STEP 1: Dry mixture

Ingredients: Mix the following ingredients in a bowl. (A dry mixture)

 8 cups of flour

1 cup of cocoa

3 cups of sugar

8 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp All Spice

4 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp of salt

(Walnuts optional)

STEP 2: Wet Mixture

Mix these ingredients into a pan to heat on the stove:

3 cups of canned milk (About 1 and ½ cans)

2 cups of Crisco

1 tsp Vanilla

On stove top:

-Heat till the Crisco is melted into the milk/vanilla.

– Allow to cool down slightly

STEP 3: Make the Dough

Slowly incorporate the melted Crisco and milk mixture into the dry mixed ingredients bowl to make the dough.

Dough should be firm.

Now you’re ready to roll!

Take enough dough into the palm of your hand to make a ball no larger than a quarter.  Roll the dough in your palms until you’ve made a beautiful dough ball.


Place cookie dough balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

-Check to see if they are firm to the touch.  Is so remove.  If not leave in for 2 more minutes and check again.

Marge’s advice:  Don’t change out ingredients or your cookies won’t be the real deal from the old country. 😉 Mom says, “They won’t taste right.”

Icing Anyone?



-1 tsp Vanilla

-1/4 stick of butter

*Melt the butter and vanilla together in a skillet.


-Powdered Sugar


IMPORTANT: (Ratio of powdered sugar to cocoa is 2 cups Powdered sugar to ½ cup of cocoa.) Mix thoroughly.

MIX  butter & vanilla mixture with a little bit of brewed Black Coffee

**Mix in just enough brewed black coffee to make the mixture creamy smooth so you’re able to spread it onto the cookies with your finger. (Ice the cookie!)

Me: “Mom, why black coffee?

Mom: “Because that’s how to do it.”

Me: (Silence)  LOL

Tip from Marge: For shiny icing, use cold black coffee. Coldwater will make icing shiny. 😉 Warm will make it a little less shiny but still same great taste!