Italian Choco Orange Spice Drop Cookies

Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

Do you like simple Italian cookie recipes? If you do, you will love these Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies.  These drop cookies are super moist with a wonderful cake-like texture. 
Course cookies
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian chocolate cookies, Italian drop cookies, spice cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 36 servings
Calories 81kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange

for rolling cookies

  • 2/3 cups icing sugar


  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the spices. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on medium-high speed until nice and frothy (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Slowly add sugar. Continue to whisk until well combined and slightly thickened..
  • Add the milk, oil, extract, and the zest. Combine well.
  • Remove bowl from stand.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix with wooden spoon until well combined, dough will be soft.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Position rack to middle.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Scoop dough with medium sized cookie scoop and drop on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll each piece into a smooth ball and then roll in icing sugar.
  • Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Continue to roll until all of the dough is used.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  • Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a few days. They also freeze wonderfully.



I have often been asked about the type of cocoa I use...I prefer to use Rodelle baking cocoa (it's available at Costco or amazon).
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*recipe adapted from Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.6mg