Italian Choco Orange Spice Drop Cookies
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

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
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 3.2%