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Neapolitan cookies dipped in chocolate

Neapolitan cookies are smooth butter cookies flavored with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. They’re formed in a loaf pan and made out of simply 1 cookie dough. So fairly!

We’re virtually completed the sixth annual Sally’s Cookie Palooza! Immediately is day 9 of my annual Christmas cookie countdown. Let’s look again in any respect the recipes revealed thus far this yr:

  1. Peppermint Bark Cookies
  2. Spritz Cookies
  3. Christmas Cookies in a Jar (with free printable!)
  4. Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
  5. Iced Oatmeal Cookies
  6. Gingerbread Home (December Baking Problem)
  7. Straightforward Lace Cookies
  8. Drop Fashion Christmas Sugar Cookies

Day 9 is considered one of my favorites– Neapolitan Cookies with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. These cookies are formed in a loaf pan and created from simply 1 cookie dough.

Neapolitan cookies with strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla

Neapolitan Cookies from 1 Base Cookie Dough

Once I was writing Sally’s Cookie Habit, my newest cookbook, I examined a primary vanilla butter cookie recipe. I turned this vanilla butter cookie recipe into my pinwheel cookies discovered on web page 62. I LOVE this primary cookie dough and you may taste it, form it, and layer it in so some ways like as we speak’s neapolitan cookies. Right here’s what I really like about in the present day’s recipe:

  • EASY. Constructed from simply 1 cookie dough.
  • SIMPLE TO SHAPE. No ruler or rolling pin wanted. Use a loaf pan.
  • BUTTERY AND SWEET. I really like their taste.
  • SOFT. Crunchy crumbly edges and thick, smooth facilities.
  • FUN WITH FLAVORS. Spruce up the vanilla layer with crushed walnuts or just a little coconut extract. Change out raspberry jam/extract for the strawberry. Add a pinch of espresso powder to the chocolate dough for a mocha taste. Yum!

Put together the bottom cookie dough, then divide it into Three parts. One portion will probably be your vanilla dough, so set that apart. The opposite two parts can be your strawberry cookie dough and chocolate cookie dough.

Neapolitan cookie dough

Taste the Cookie Doughs

To make every taste, place the portion of dough again within the mixer together with the flavoring components listed within the recipe under. We’re utilizing melted chocolate and cocoa powder within the chocolate cookie dough and strawberry jam, almond extract, and a drop of purple/pink meals coloring to brighten up the pink shade.

Elective however advisable: somewhat strawberry extract. Makes a BIG distinction.

The strawberry cookie dough additionally wants additional flour to offset the moist strawberry jam.

Neapolitan cookie dough strawberry and chocolate

The EASY Method to Form Neapolitan Cookies

Put away your ruler and rolling pin as a result of all you want are your arms and a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper, then press/layer the cookie doughs in. Any order is ok, however I like to recommend the next:

  • Strawberry cookie dough on the underside
  • Vanilla cookie dough within the middle
  • Chocolate cookie dough on prime

There’s slightly extra strawberry cookie dough as a result of we added additional flour, so it’s greatest that it’s the bottom of the neapolitan cookies. And I discover the vanilla cookie dough stands out probably the most when it’s within the middle. Simply my opinion!

How to shape neapolitan cookies in a loaf pan

Shaped neapolitan cookies

This cookie dough wants to relax. 

Chill the cookie dough contained in the loaf pan within the fridge or freezer. As soon as chilled, take away from the loaf pan utilizing the parchment paper overhang on the edges. Slice the “loaf” in half lengthwise, then slice every into half inch thick cookies. Thicker cookies = softer cookies. 🙂

That is optionally available– attempt brushing the formed cookies with egg white + water and sprinkling with coarse sugar. Provides a stunning sparkle and crunch! See my recipe word under– the cookie dough makes use of 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, so that is the right place to make use of up that leftover egg white.

Neapolitan cookies

Baked neapolitan cookies

One other choice to spruce up your layered cookies: a dip in melted chocolate! You want melted chocolate for the chocolate cookie dough layer, so save a bit of additional for dipping the baked cookies. See my recipe notice for directions.

Aren’t these Three layered butter cookies beautiful?! And couldn’t be simpler to form.

We completely liked these and I undoubtedly advocate that strawberry extract for the strawberry dough. (You will discover it within the spice aisle of most main grocery shops.) Let me know in case you make these 1 dough neapolitan cookies!

Neapolitan cookies made from 1 cookie dough

Strawberry neapolitan cookies

What’s Sally’s Cookie Palooza?

Sally’s Cookie Palooza is a practice since 2013. Each December we countdown to Christmas with 10 new cookie recipes in a row. Over the subsequent two weeks, I’m publishing 10 model new cookie recipes in addition to giveaways, the December Baking Problem, Christmas cookie video tutorials, and a lot extra. That is the most important, most scrumptious occasion of the yr! Join on the spot updates and also you’ll obtain a free e mail alert every time I publish a brand new recipe. 🙂

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Base Cookie Dough

  • 2 and half cups (310g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230g; 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 giant egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature* (see notice)
  • 1 and half teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • non-compulsory: 1 Tablespoon water and coarse sugar for sprinkling on prime*

For the Strawberry Dough

  • 1 and half Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon strawberry jam
  • half teaspoon almond extract*
  • pink or pink meals coloring*
  • non-compulsory: 1/four teaspoon strawberry extract for additional taste*

For the Chocolate Dough

  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened pure cocoa powder (or dutch course of)
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, melted and barely cooled


  1. Make the dough: Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt collectively in a medium bowl. Put aside.
  2. In a big bowl utilizing a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar collectively on medium-high velocity till creamed, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat on excessive velocity till mixed, about 1 minute. Scrape down the edges and up the underside of the bowl and beat once more as wanted to mix.
  3. Add the dry elements to the moist elements and blend on low till mixed. Dough can be thick and sticky. Take away from the blending bowl. No have to rinse out the blending bowl.
  4. Divide the dough into Three: There’s about 30 ounces of dough (1 lb, 14 ounces). Divide into three equal parts, about 10 ounces every. One portion is your vanilla dough. Nothing might be added to it. Set vanilla dough apart. The opposite two parts can be your strawberry dough and chocolate dough.
  5. Make the strawberry dough: Place one portion of dough again into the blending bowl. Add all the strawberry dough components. I like to recommend beginning with 1 drop of purple or pink meals coloring. Beat on low velocity till dough is mixed. Add one other drop or 2 of meals coloring till you attain the pink colour desired. For the pictured cookies, I solely used 1 drop of dusty rose gel meals coloring. Take away from the blending bowl. No have to rinse out the blending bowl.
  6. Make the chocolate dough: Place final portion of dough again into the blending bowl. Add all the chocolate dough components. Beat on low velocity till dough is mixed.
  7. Form and chill cookie dough: See step-by-step pictures above displaying this following step so you’ve gotten a greater understanding. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the edges to raise the chilled cookie dough out. I like to recommend layering the cookie dough into the pan within the following order: strawberry dough on the underside, vanilla dough within the center, chocolate dough on prime. Utilizing your arms, press every dough layer firmly and evenly into ready loaf pan.
  8. Cowl loaf pan tightly and chill dough within the fridge for no less than Three hours (and as much as four days) or 1 hour within the freezer. (See make forward tip when you want to freeze longer.)
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Put aside.
  10. Slice and bake: Raise dough out of the pan utilizing the overhang of parchment paper on the edges. You will have a 9×5 inch block of dough. Slice in half lengthwise so you have got two 2.5 x 9 inch rectangles. Use a pointy knife to trim off the ends so the rectangles are eight inches lengthy. Slice every into 16 cookies. Every cookie is 1/2 inch thick.
  11. Organize cookies 2-Three inches aside on the baking sheets. If desired, brush every flippantly with egg wash (see recipe observe) and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 11-13 minutes or till flippantly browned across the edges.
  12. Take away from the oven and permit cookies to chill on the baking sheet for five minutes earlier than transferring to a wire rack to chill utterly.
  13. As soon as cool, take pleasure in cookies or dip in melted chocolate. See recipe word.
  14. Cookies with out chocolate coating will keep recent coated at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies with chocolate coating will keep recent coated at room temperature for Three days or within the fridge for 1 week.

Make forward tip: Baked cookies, with or with out chocolate coating, freeze nicely as much as Three months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and convey to room temperature, if desired, earlier than serving. You can also make/assemble the cookie dough within the loaf pan and chill within the fridge for as much as four days (see step eight). If desired, you possibly can freeze the cookie dough within the loaf pan for as much as Three months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge then proceed with step 9.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You want 1 egg plus a further egg yolk for the cookie dough. Save the additional egg white and blend it with 1 Tablespoon of water to make a easy egg wash. Brush this over every cookie as directed in step 11, then sprinkle with coarse sugar earlier than baking. This provides the cookies slightly additional crunch and sparkle!
  2. I like to recommend utilizing gel meals coloring within the strawberry dough as an alternative of liquid meals coloring. Liquid meals coloring might alter the feel of the completed cookie. Begin with 1 drop as directed in step 5, then add one other drop or 2 if desired. For the pictured cookies, I solely used 1 drop of dusty rose gel meals coloring.
  3. Almond extract provides a stunning taste to the strawberry cookie dough. If desired, you’ll be able to depart it out.
  4. Strawberry extract is very really helpful for added strawberry taste. You will discover it within the spice aisle of most main grocery shops.
  5. Need to dip your neapolitan cookies in chocolate as pictured? You want 1 ounce of semi-sweet chocolate for the chocolate cookie dough and most baking chocolate is bought in four ounce bars. I like to recommend Bakers or Ghirardelli manufacturers, each bought within the baking aisle. Soften the remaining Three ounces of chocolate from that bar, plus an additional four ounce bar for a complete of seven ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate. Ensure you chop the bars earlier than melting. Soften in a double boiler or within the microwave in 15-second increments, stopping and stirring after every till utterly clean. Dip the nook of every cooled cookie into melted chocolate. Permit chocolate to set utterly within the fridge for 20 minutes or at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoyable with flavors: Spruce up the vanilla layer with half cup crushed walnuts or half teaspoon coconut extract. Change out raspberry jam and extract for the strawberry. Add a pinch of espresso powder to the chocolate dough for a mocha taste.

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Listed here are some gadgets I used to make in the present day’s recipe.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer | Loaf Pan | Parchment Paper | Pastry Brush | Meals Coloring | Strawberry Extract | Almond Extract | Glowing Sugar | Silpat Baking Mat | Baking Sheet | Cooling Rack | 2-cup Glass Measuring Cup

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