These fun, colorful cookies are also called Neapolitan cookies and are an Italian favorite. This version is really quite easy to make. It’s one sugar cookie dough that is divided into thirds and flavored—almond, hazelnut, and chocolate. They taste great, and are also a colorful addition to any cookie platter.
1 cup ( 8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. table salt
1/2 tsp. almond extract
6 drops red food coloring, preferably natural
1/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
1 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
Line a 9-x-5-unch loaf pan with waxed paper, letting the ends extend up the long sides by about 2 inches.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flout mixture to the butter mixture, beating until blended.
Divide the dough into 3 equal portions and put each into a small bowl. Mix the red food coloring and almond extract into one until well blended. Spread the dough evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Mix the hazlenuts in another portion; spread evenly over the first layer. Mix the melted chocolate into the remaining portion; spread on top. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Loosen the unlined edges of the dough from the pan, then lift the waxed-paper edges to remove the dough. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, then cut each crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices.
Place the slices about 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until the edges are firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.
Store the cookies airtight at cool room temperature for up to 5 days.
Keywords: neapolitan cookies, Italian cookies