Neapolitan Cookies are cookies where two different flavors combine to make one distinctive cookie. Light dough filled with almond flavoring, cherries and nuts is sandwiched between a chocolate, cinnamon, nutty dough. These take a little more time to prepare, but they get rave reviews! My mother, Dorothy Hagerman, always made these delicious Neapolitan Cookies every Christmas.
This wonderful Neapolitan cookies recipe and photo were shared with me by my sister, Carol Arroyo, and her website called The Baking Pan.
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Neapolitan Cookies Recipe:
Dark Dough Recipe:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups firmly-packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup toasted walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves together. Set aside.
In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips; stir constantly until melted so chips do not burn. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Or, place the chips in a microwave-safe bowl, use 50% power and stir frequently just until the chocolate is melted; do not overheat as the chocolate will burn easily. Set aside to cool slightly. Learn different techniques for How To Melt Chocolate.
In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar; cream together until mixture appears light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat until thoroughly mixed. Add melted chocolate; stir to mix. Add flour mixture; stir until mixed. Add nuts, stir to mix. Set aside while mixing the light dough.
1/2 cup finely chopped dark raisins
1/4 cup finely chopped golden raisins
12 finely chopped candied cherries
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
Chop the raisins and cherries; sprinkle the chopped raisins and cherries with 1 teaspoon flour to keep the fruit from sticking together. Set aside. Since the raisins and cherries get very sticky when chopping, sprinkle with the 1 teaspoon of flour before chopping to help cut down on the stickiness.
In a medium bowl, sift 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar; cream together until mixture appears light and fluffy. Add egg, water, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture; stir until well mixed. Add chopped raisins and cherries; stir until mixed. Set aside.
Source: Neapolitan Cookies Recipe was adapted from the cookbook called Rose Naftalin’s Holiday Goodies.
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