My late Grandma, Amelia DeFusco, made these cookies every Christmas. Totos (pronounced toh-TOH), which are ball shaped, come in two flavors, chocolate and lemon. They were made by most of the Italian grandmas in the Merrimack Valley region in Massachusetts—especially those in the city of Lawrence. The origin of these cookies is not clear, but some think the name is a corruption of “tetu,” a chocolate spice cookie that hails from Sicily. The chocolate version is also similar to mostaccioli, except for the shape, and the lemon version is similar to anginetti. The cookies use oil or shortening for the fat, which is common for authentic recipes from southern Italy. Traditionally, all the ingredients are mixed by hand, though if one wants a lighter cookie, one can use an electric mixer to beat the eggs, and cream the sugar and fat together.