Chocolate Tutu cookies are a staple holiday dessert in most Southern Italian/Sicilian families. The spelling actually varies by region and family. Joe’s family uses the spelling tutu, but tetu, toto and even dodo are common variations. They all describe this little round chocolate cookie covered in a thick icing. This cookie is moist, yet dense enough to dunk in a good cup of coffee.
Chocolate Tutu Cookies are so yummy, you’ll make them all the time!
Chocolate tutu cookies are traditionally made for All Saints Day in Sicily. They’re baked as a tribute to deceased relatives and loved ones. Italian Americans make them as a Christmas cookie, but they can also be found at other times of the year. Joe’s family likes to make them for every conceivable holiday and celebration. Christmas and weddings are two great examples, but even having a dinner party can be a good excuse for tutu cookies!
The more chocolate, the better!
Joe’s mom, Anna Rose, taught me to make tutus the first year Joe and I started dating. I like the cookie, but felt they should have a deeper chocolate flavor so I replaced some of the flour with cocoa powder. As far as Joe is concerned, the more chocolate the better!
I send out gift boxes of cookies each year to our friends and family. Chocolate tutus are one of the Christmas cookies that everyone on the cookie list receives. If you are high enough on that list to make a special request, you might actually get a box filled with them exclusively.
Chocolate tutus are one of Joe’s personal favorites, so I always make extra for him. He especially likes to dunk them in his coffee. (It’s his idea of a healthy breakfast.) I prefer toasted panettone for breakfast, but that’s a whole other story.