Recipe: Italian Chocolate Nut Cookies

Recipe: Italian Chocolate Nut Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) margarine, cut into several pieces
2/3 cup dry unsweetened cocoa
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup water
2 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup raisins or currants

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the first four ingredients in a saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring, until the mixture resembles a smooth syrup. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder and spices.

Make a well in the center and pour in the chocolate syrup. Work together, first with a spoon, then with clean hands, to make a stiff batter. Add the almonds and raisins or currants and work in.

Form into balls no larger than 1 inch and arrange on cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie tests clean.

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