Italian Christmas Spice Cookies

"While growing up in Boston, every Christmas my Neopolitan auntie would make a delicious chocolate round cookie spiced with cloves. She called them "Todors" (phonetic spelling). It's been 50 years since I've had them as no bakery seems to make them. Finally, after much research, I was able to locate a recipe that sounded just like the real thing. I tweaked the recipe a bit till I got the taste that I remembered. Warning: You can't each just one."
photo by Dedee Royale photo by Dedee Royale
photo by Dedee Royale
Ready In:
1hr 10mins
50-55 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa, cloves, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  • In a large separate bowl mix together eggs, sugar, oil, milk and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture to wet mixture in small batches and mix until combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and chopped almonds. Dough will be very stiff.
  • With lightly oiled hands, continue to mix the dough till all ingredients are incorporated. Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Lightly oil your hands again so the dough won't stick to them and break off pieces of dough, rolling them with your palms into balls the size of walnuts.
  • Arrange on prepared baking sheet 2" apart and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooled, dip the top of each cookie into the chocolate glaze. While still wet garnish tops with a few sliced almonds.
  • When set, re-dip the bottom of each cookie back into the chocolate glaze and let set again.
  • While still slightly wet, generously dust or roll each cookie into 1 cup powdered sugar.
  • Set aside to dry before stacking.
  • Cookies will keep in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

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<p>I have been a gourmet cook for over 40 years. In the mid 70's I owned and operated my own gourmet bistro in Connecticut called Le Petit Gourmet and also provided a catering service for upscale clientele. <br /> <br /> I always had an entrepreneurial soul and was a front runner in developing frozen gourmet dinners. Because of a divorce, I didn't follow through which probably would have made me a very rich lady today. <br /> <br />In 1994, I founded the South Coast Gourmet Club in Florida, The South Shore Gourmet Club in Massachusetts and also the Chef Buddies Club.</p> <p>In 2012, I was chosen as one of the 100 amateur chefs out of the 50,000 who competed nationwide, to appear on Season 3 of Master Chef on ABC. &nbsp;I didn't make it through but it was an unforgettable experience.&nbsp;</p>
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