Chocolate Chip Holiday Tea Cakes

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Cooling Time: 5 min
Yields: 54 cookies


These Chocolate Chip Holiday Tea Cakes are for all the chocolate fans out there! This variation of the beloved holiday cookie incorporates chocolate chips inside as well as melted chocolate drizzled on top.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

BEAT butter and powdered sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour and nuts. Stir in 1 1/2 cups morsels. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until set and light golden brown on bottom. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

MICROWAVE remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH (100%) power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over cookies. Refrigerate cookies for about 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store at room temperature in airtight containers.

NOTE: For a spicier cookie, add 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to flour before adding to butter-sugar mixture.

Choc Chip Tea Cakes

by A. Abril , Bellflower, CA on Nov. 2013

These little cakes were delicious! although I do suggest to not make them as thick as you would a cookie. These were so good! I decided to not put as much chocolate chips and when i tasted them they were in need of more flavor so they definitely need the serving suggested for the chocolate chips. Overall they were delicious

very good

by p. pearl , stockton, CA on Mar. 2010

i made this and it turn out very good i think you should try this so what or you waiting for lol give it a try


by A. Angela , Amarillo, TX on Mar. 2010

I made these at Christmas and they just melt in your mouth! Will definitely make them again!

Very festive

by D. Delfina , , on Feb. 2010

Gave these away as gift for my friends. They raved at how festive and how much time I put into them. NO time at all! Easy, very good and they get raved reviews.

Great recipe!

by C. CHERYL , Eastlake, OH on Jan. 2010

I love this recipe! It's easy to make, and delicious as well as attractive to the eye!

So lovely and delicious!

by S. Steph , Cottage Grove, MN on Dec. 2009

These were so lovely and delicious! They really do taste like an absolute mix between a Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Russian Tea Cake. They were easy to make and are sure to go into rotation for our holiday cookies.

A variation

by B. Betsy , Oakdale, PA on Dec. 2009

my family loves these cookies. I tried a variation and now have 2 different cookies on my tray. Instead of drizzling chocolate, I rolled in powdered sugar as soon as taken from oven...then rerolled when they cooled. Both are loved by family

Simple and Elegant

by D. Debbie , Blackstone, MA on Dec. 2009

These cookies are simply the best..and they are so simple to make, yet they look like it took you hours. I have been baking a batch every night for the past 3 nights, family and friends love them. They make a really great gift. I do suggest you use the mini chips, I also chose pecans as my chopped nut to put in. Will be making a few more batches before Christmas.

my dad's favorite

by L. LORI , Defiance, OH on Dec. 2009

these are a huge hit at my families christmas party. my dad eats them as fast as i can make them. they melt in your mouth. you always have to eat some fresh out of the oven. OUTSTANDING!

My version

by V. Vera , Penn Yan, NY on Dec. 2009

I use the mini chocolate chips,instead of the regular. These are one of my family's favorites!