Chocolate Totos

My great aunt used to make these and when she passed away, the recipe was lost. I found this on the internet and it's very close. Making these brings back lots of good memories.  

                             Chocolate Totos

  3               cups  all-purpose flour
  4          teaspoons  baking powder
     3/4           cup  sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  allspice
     1/2      teaspoon  cinnamon
     1/2      teaspoon  nutmeg
     1/4           cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  2             sticks  butter -- softened
     1/3           cup  milk
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
     1/2           cup  chopped walnuts
  2            squares  unsweetened chocolate -- (1 ounce each)
  1         tablespoon  butter -- softened
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  2               cups  powdered sugar
     1/4           cup  hot milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Sift 3 cups flour twice. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cocoa. Cream 1 cup butter or margarine; blend into flour mixture. Add 1/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and nuts. Mix thoroughly with hands until well blended. (Dough should be the consistency of pie crust, but not sticky.)

 For each cookie, pinch off about 1 teaspoon dough. Roll by hands into balls, each about one-inch in diameter. Place on greased baking sheets. Do not flatten. Bake about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets; cool on racks. When cool, drizzle each generously with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle with crushed nuts.

To make Chocolate Frosting: Melt the chocolate squares over low heat. Cream with 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 cups of confectioner's sugar. Gradually add hot milk, beating until smooth.



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