This is a recipe that came from my grandmother. I remember these cookies from when we were little going to her house for the family Christmas Eve party. I LOVED them then and still do today. I hope someday that my children will be making these cookies with their children so the tradition will continue on.
These are my go to Christmas cookie because they are a bit different. They have a savory taste with a bit of sweet. They make a large batch and they are fairly easy to make. I was always told they were called meatballs because when they are undecorated they look kind of like meatballs.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 cups milk
- 5 1/2 – 6 cups flour
- canola oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together shortening and sugar until well combined. Add cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves to mixture and combine well.
- Pour milk into the bowl with 4 cups of flour. Stir to combine. Slowly add flour up to 5 1/2 – 6 cups. Dough will be stiff and you may have to use hands to combine.
- Grease hands with a bit of oil to roll 1″ balls. They should not be sticky. If they are sticky add a bit more flour to the dough and combine.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove cookies to cooling racks and allow to cool completely before decorating. Use vanilla, chocolate frosting, glaze or sprinkles to decorate.