I don't know why these are called Tay-Tu's. It's a silly name but just say it in a room full of Italians and see every one's head turn around! These cookies are very rich with chocolate, nuts, and spices. There are several different recipes out there for this cookie. This one (see at the end of blog) is my sister's recipe that I slightly tweaked. If you see a spice your not a fan of, don't worry, just change it. That's the beauty of this recipe. I've had it with and without the anise oil and I love it both ways! The recipe will be for one recipe that yields about 180 cookies. The photos you'll see are for a double recipe. Enjoy!
Beat Crisco, butter, & sugar till fluffy (about 8 min), add eggs one at a time, then add cold coffee & anise (or what ever flavor you're using).
Slice into sections (remember your looking at a double recipe)
When cooled frost. I usually frost these with a white frosting but for some reason this year I put a few Tbsp of cocoa in my frosting. I don't care for they way they look. Next year I wont add the cocoa. Let these dry over night, store in Tupperware with wax paper between each layer.
Enjoy! Great with coffee or wine!
Here's the recipe:
6 ½ cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
2 tsp baking soda
1 rounded heaping tsp baking powder
Sift together and add
6 oz mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
¾ cup Crisco
1 stick margarine or butter
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cold coffee
1/8 tsp anise oil (this is very strong and if your don’t like anise substitute with almond or vanilla. If you use vanilla use 2 tsp, if you use almond use 1 tsp). If you can't find anise oil you can use 1/4th tsp. anise extract.
(I use 1/8th tsp anise oil + 2 tsp vanilla because I'm fun and spicy!)
Beat Crisco, margarine, sugar till fluffy add eggs one at a time; add coffee & anise oil or extracts.
Add this mixture to the flour mixture and gently mix.
While mixing add:
One 16 oz can Heresy’s chocolate syrup
1 cup chopped English walnuts
dough will be soft. Put in refrigerator for about 30 min. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
Roll into small balls. Bake for about 4 min on bottom rack and 5 min on top rack in a preheated 350-degree oven.
Ice when cooled.
This recipe makes about 180 cookies.
2 lbs powder sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) room temp butter or margarine (I use butter)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp anise oil
enough milk to achieve desired consistency of thick & runny. I frost all sides of the cookie and put on wax paper until dry (usually overnight).
Let me know what you think!