Bake Like An Italian Grandmother: Italian Cookies With Chocolate Chips
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: About 30 cookies
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature (50 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (300 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups good-quality bittersweet or semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (I used Callebaut from Surfas.)
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and place rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Put softened butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix together well with a wooden spoon. Add beaten eggs and vanilla and incorporate completely with the spoon.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, and salt. Add half of the dry mix to the wet batter and stir a little. Add the rest of the dry mix and incorporate completely.
  4. Place the mini chocolate chips on a plate. Roll a small spoonful of batter into a 1 to 1-1/4 inch ball. Then roll the dough ball in the chips coating the sides and top of the ball well with chips, making sure that the bottom doesn't have too many chips. The dough is soft, slightly sticky, but still firm enough to roll.
  5. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Leave room for the cookies to spread just a little. Bake for about 17 minutes or until the bottoms are light golden brown; the tops stay pale-colored.
  6. Slide the whole sheet of parchment on to a cooling rack. Don't touch until the chips cool and firm up. When cool, dust with powdered sugar.
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