Neopolitan Cookies

Do you have a special thing you do with your mom?  Inbetween our busy schedules, both my mom and I barely get to communicate with each other.  We both work 8-5 jobs, have other activities after work, and it feels like we live in different time zones since we sleep at totally different times.  The only time we really communicate with each other is when we’re nagging each other over the phone.  How sad is that?  Even though we don’t see much of each other or spend a large amount of time with one another throughout the year, we still have one activity that we do together, which is eating baking Christmas cookies!   Since we have such a tiny kitchen with a horrific oven that raises its temperature on its own when it feels like it, you can just imagine the frustration and yelling that goes on.  I’m surprised we haven’t had a flour fight yet.  This year, we kind of went cookie crazy and ended up with more cookies than we could handle.  I guess Santa gained a little more weight this year than he expected.

Look, it’s a road made of cookies hehehe

We made the works!  Neopolitans, peanut butter cups (dark and milk chocolate), butterballs, shortbreads, oreos, browned butter nutella cookies, oatmeal, cranberry & white chocolate cookies, jam thumbprints, classic peanut butter cookies, and chocolate chip cookies.  On top of that, my mom also made lemon bars and mini cheesecakes topped with cherries.  Here are just a few of the cookies we included in our cookie packages!

My favorite cookie as a kid were the neopolitan cookies.  Before I started baking, I always wondered how my mom was able to make a cookie three different colors.  Maybe she took three different cookies and glued them together?  I had no idea.  After I learned how to bake, I figured out that these are one of the easiest cookies ever to be made.  Now that I’m older, these cookies remind me of how my parents would always bring home neopolitan ice cream and I would only scoop out the strawberry and vanilla ice cream and left the chocolate portion for somebody else.  I was never a fan of chocolate ice cream.  I don’t think my sister was either so my dad was always stuck with just the chocolate haha I don’t have that problem with these.  I’ll eat the entire cookie with no hestitation.  These cookies are basically a walnut shortbread with a hint of almond extract.  They have an unexpected pleasant taste and will add color to your cookie platter!

Neopolitan Cookies
Yield: about 5 dozen cookies
Found the recipe on an old school index card that my mom typed on back in the day

 
Base:
2-1/2 c. flour
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt

extras:
1/2 tsp. almond extract
red liquid food coloring, 5 drops
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted

With a mixer at low speed, beat all of the ingredients under “base.” When all of the ingredients are just mixed, increase the speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×5-inch loaf pan with waxed paper.

Seperate the dough into three even portions and place them into three different mixing bowls. In the first bowl, stir in the almost extract and the food coloring until combined. Dough should be evenly pink. Spread evenly onto the bottom of the loaf pan.

In the second bowl, mix in the walnuts until combined and spread evenly over the pink dough.

Into the remaining bowl, mix in the chocolate until the entire dough is brown. Spread evenly over the white dough.

Press down firmly so that the dough is evenly distributed and formed together.
Cover the pan and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the dough from the pan and peel off wax paper. Slice the dough lengthwise in half, then slice each half crosswise into 1/8-inch slices. Place slices of cookie on ungreased cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are slightly brown. Let the cookies cool on the pan for a couple of minutes then transfer them onto a wire rack to cool.

Store in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.

I put together some cookie tins for some of my closest friends  Instead of spending $$$ on gifts that will most likely end up being another item laying around the house, make some little care packages for them.  I assure you they will enjoy.  Sorry for posting this AFTER Christmas!

Baking cookies is always fun, especially when it’s a special activity with your mommy!

 Heart cookie cutouts of pecan shortbreads then covering them in chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake the chocolatey cookies, squeeze some creme, then sandwich them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make some nutella chips, chop up some hazelnuts, brown some butter, and make some cookies!  Looks like scoops of ice cream. Mmmm..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t these cookies cute??  My two friends, Jon Frittata and Aya Payaya, and I had dinner and exchanged goodies.  Aya gave out cookie tins and Frittata gave us mini cheesecakes.  We only get the cheesecakes once a year and people are always fighting over them.  Thank goodness we each got our own plate of them!  I wasn’t able to snap a picture of them cause I gobbled them up in a blink of an eye!

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