DAY THREE: How Sweet It Is! A Free Read and Cookie Recipe

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Day Two – Mostaccioli (or Italian Chocolate Holiday Balls) Recipe

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Mostaccioli Cookies
Grandma Mangione’s “Italian chocolate ball holiday cookies”
(Originally started with 5lbs. of flour like all her other cookie recipes)
Bake 350 degrees 10-12 min
4 cups flour
2¼ Tbsp. baking powder
½ cup cocoa
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
4oz. dark raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shortening (melted)
1¼ cup granulated sugar
Juice of:
¼ of an orange
¼ of a lemon
¾ tsp. vanilla
1 cup BREWED coffee (Don’t make the same mistake Aunt Toni made and use GROUND coffee. Grandma brewed the coffee in the way she called cowboy style.  She boiled the water and added some coffee grounds.  When she felt it was dark enough she put it through a strainer)
¼ bottle of anise oil.  
½ cup grape jelly or jam
Mix together flour, baking powder, cocoa and spices.  Add raisin and nuts.  Make sure you break apart raisins so they don’t clump together.  Melt shortening on low heat.  Add sugar, juices, vanilla, BREWED coffee, anise oil and blend. Work in jam. Pour all into flour mixture and mix well.  Dough will be soft. Cook until cookies crack a little on top but don’t over bake or cookies will be dry.  Cookies should be on the soft side when done. Transfer to cooling racks when done baking.
Confectionery sugar, water, vanilla and a couple drops of anise oil.  Mix well and add enough water to make a thinner frosting.  Place 6-8 cookies in a bowl. Drizzle frosting lightly on cookies.  Toss them to completely disperse frosting.  Dry on wax paper.  Repeat until all are frosted (OR ELSE!).
"These cookies are so good we often ate them warm just out of the oven" - Mama Iuliano

“These cookies are so good we often ate them warm just out of the oven” – Mama Iuliano


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6 Responses to DAY THREE: How Sweet It Is! A Free Read and Cookie Recipe

  1. Darlene says:

    It’s amazing how great food can bring you back to great memories. These cookies were a piece of the Christmases of past at Grandma’s house. Welcomed smells of pasta, spaghetti sauce, holiday cookies and people scurrying for gifts to open made for one heck of a time. We had little to give but somehow managed to be so very happy. Thank you for bringing the past forward. I will make these cookies this year and share my stories with my family and guests as you shared this vintage recipe. And, I will share the story of Rafe and Emma, too! Can’t wait for the next book.

    • RoseAnn DeFranco says:

      I often think of those long Christmas Eve’s of old as well. So glad that this series of recipes recalls great times for you. Have a good time sharing Emma and Rafe. They were a really fun couple to write!

  2. Oh, my goodness, this sounds delicious. Looking forward to the next book!

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