1. Food
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Neapolitan Cookies - Christmas Cookies

User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)


Neapolitan Cookie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

The three layers in these cookies were chocolate-almond, orange and red candied cherries.

Neapolitan Cookie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Here is a favorite cookie recipe from my childhood. We had them every Christmas.

All About Icebox Cookies
How to Make Icebox Cookies with Step by Step Photos

Best Way to Print This Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes


  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ---
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • ---
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ---
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract*
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid red food coloring*
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, lightly toasted*
  • 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, melted*


Mix first set of ingredients with a wire whisk. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture. Combine completely.

Line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 - inch loaf pan with waxed paper. Divide the dough into thirds. To first third add almond extract and red food coloring. Spread evenly in bottom of pan. To second dough add nuts. Spread second layer in pan. For third portion*, add chocolate.

Put chocolate dough on top of other doughs. Spread evenly. Cover pan and refrigerate overnight. The dough can also be frozen for 3 months if sealed in an airtight container. Defrost in the refrigerator prior to cutting.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the dough from the loaf pan and peel off the waxed paper. Cut the dough into two pieces lengthwise. Slice the lengthwise pieces into 1/8 inch slices. Place on an ungreased or parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet approximately one inch apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Yield: Approximately 5 dozen.

*The three layers can almost be whatever flavor or color you choose. The cookies in the photo were made with 1 layer of chocolate (1 ounce unsweetened) and 1/2 cup crushed almond slivers, 2nd layer of plain dough with zest of 1 orange. Last layer with the red food coloring and 1/2 cup chopped candied cherries. Other ideas are to have cookies that look more like the French flag, skip the chocolate in the third layer. Use blue food coloring and any flavored extract (or not at all) to the dough. For Christmas, you could have Red, White and Green cookies. Using more candied cherries (they come in green, too) or use red and green peppermints.

Even More Cookie Recipes to Try -
Butter Spritz Cookies
Lintzer Cookies
Rosette Cookies
Thumbprint Cookies
Pecan Tassies
Sugar Cookies

User Reviews

Reviews for this section have been closed.

 5 out of 5
very good cookies, Member BarbaraC28

These are wonderful cookies. They turn out as pictured. I made the middle layer almond flavored. everybody loved them.

7 out of 7 people found this helpful.

Related Video
Meringue Cookies
Lemon Drop Cookies
  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Desserts / Baking
  4. Cookies Just Like Mom's
  5. Neapolitan Cookie Recipe - Recipe for Neapolitan Cookies - Christmas Cookies

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.