Chocolate Chews

Our friend Missy Dunn’s mom Marge has been making these treats every Christmas for as long as Missy can remember. You have to chill the dough overnight, so plan accordingly.


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces each), melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for rolling cookies


Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream together the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and combine until well-blended. Add the chocolate and mix.

Add the milk and flour mixture, a little at a time, alternately to the chocolate mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the walnuts, if using.

Chill the dough overnight.

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll the balls in confectioners’ sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 14-16 minutes.

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