They are probably the ugliest cookies to have out on the holidays but it's like having an unattractive friend who is funny around. They're not easy to look at but you are so happy they are there! (See the finished product below)
This recipe should be made with a friend or 3 as it yields a lot of cookies and, for some reason, does not work in smaller batches so prepare for storage in your freezer.
Rating: 4 forks out of 5
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Ingredients (makes approx 20 dozen!!)
11 3/4 cups flour
10 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 quart buttermilk
1 lb Crisco melted and completely cooled
1 large bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°
Mix all of your dry ingredients in a LARGE pot (you will need some room to work your eventual dough). Add your chocolate chips and evenly distribute. Create a well (a deep indentation to the bottom of your pot-kind of like the center of a volcano). Add your liquified Crisco and buttermilk and mix well. Like really well. It is a giant pain in the ass to do this, so be prepared. It is a very dry dough and for such a big batch that you need to continually make sure you are getting all the dry ingredients at the bottom of your pot worked into your dough.
Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes and allow to cool. When cooled, place nicely on a flat surface covered by wax or parchment paper. You are best off using multiple cookie sheets as you will be doing several batches of the cookies. Space them out so you can ice them later and find a space big enough to have a whole lot of cookies (multiple surfaces may be necessary).
You can either plate and serve or do what our family prefers and put them in a large freezer bag, freeze and only take out when you're ready to indulge. They are so much better hard 'n frozen.
To say I tweaked this recipe by saying I removed the nuts would be foolish. No one in the family has the balls to put the nuts in our cookies. I know other Itialian families that royally screw up this recipe. Cooking with bakers chocolate instead of cocoa (they come out BLACK), and even, gasp, adding raisons. Please don't do that. It's near blasphemy.
Trust me, make these with your family. Italian or not, if you can get by the name, you will be hooked!
This recipe is available in the CrOOK BOOK