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Chocolate Almond Balls (dadrio) Italy

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Servings: 1
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts / Nuts

Ingredients:
5  c  Sifted flour
2 1/2  c  Confectioners sugar
2  tb  Baking powder
1/4  c  Cocoa
2  c  Coarsely chopped almonds
1/2  c  Shortening
2    Eggs, slightly beaten
6  oz  Can evaporated milk

Directions:
Sift four, measure and resift with sugar, baking powder and cocoa. Add nuts, and mix well. Cut shortening into dry ingredients with fingers until mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Make a well in center of flour and put eggs and milk into it. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. If it seems too dry, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time until mixture holds together. Pinch off pieces of dough the size of a walnut, and roll into balls between the palms of the hands, Place balls on greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart and bake in moderate 350 degF oven 18-20 minutes , until toothpick inserted in center of ball comes out clean. Watch carefully, as they burn easily. Frost as soon as they come out of oven with any desired frosting. Makes 6 dozen. Caution: Handle these cookies very carefully, as they are quite delicate and will crumble. from:The Home book of Italian cooking by Angela Catanzaro posted by: Lei, Bronx, NY


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