Merry Christmas and Have a Cookie!

~One of Our Favorite Traditions~


Each year, the kids and I spend an entire day making Christmas cookies. It’s an all day event with flour and sugar flying everywhere. We pull out the recipe box and the cookbooks and pick which cookies we want to make. We grab the cookie cutters and stock the pantry. It’s our very own Christmas Cookie Day.


This year we made the traditional sugar cookies but we also tried a few new recipes from Taste of Home’s 2003 Christmas Cookies recipe book.

Our favorite from this year’s batch were these adorable Neapolitan Cookies. They’re a layered cookie with an almond flavored layer, a layer with walnuts added and a chocolate layer.

Neapolitan Cookie Recipe

Christmas Cookie Day

I’m including the recipe for the Neapolitan Cookies from the Taste of Home 2003 Christmas Cookies recipe book. I’ll share more of the cookie recipes later in the week. They’re not just for Christmas…they’d be great for New Year’s too!


4.0 from 2 reviews
Neapolitan Cookies
Serves: 12 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 drops red liquid food coloring
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  1. Line a loaf pan with waxed paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  5. Divide the dough into thirds.
  6. Add the almond extract and the food coloring to one portion.
  7. Spread that layer into the bottom of the loaf pan.
  8. Add the walnuts to the second portion and spread evenly onto the first layer.
  9. Add the melted chocolate to the third portion and spread evenly onto the second layer.
  10. Cover with waxed paper and refrigerate overnight.
  11. Cut the loaf in half lengthwise.
  12. Cut each half into ⅛ inch slices.
  13. Place the slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  14. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm.
  15. Place on wire racks to cool.

 Have a Very Merry Christmas!

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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I like this Neapolitan Cookie idea. I am NOT a baker. I make quick breads and an occasional whole wheat or black bread, but oh my, I am not good at any of the from scratch yeast thingy’s.

    I have a question….. do you cut the cookies while in the loaf pan and use the wax paper to lift them out? I usually just divide a Devils Food Cake Mix into thirds and use that to make my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies……. lol I am so bad. And I can’t get the star rating thing to work now…… sigh.

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I like this recipe or think I will and want to try it. Did you cut the cookies in the loaf pan and then use the wax paper to lift them out? I am not a baker, less it is really easy stuff. I thought I had posted a comment earlier and for some reason it went bye bye….. so trying again.

    Merry Christmas and God Bless!

    • says

      I removed the cookie dough from the loaf pan using the wax paper and then began to cut and slice it into cookies. This was really not a very difficult recipe. You do have to let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, so plan for that. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Have a Happy New Year!

  3. JaneEllen says

    These cookies remind me of Ice box cookies my Mother used to bake often, especially at Christmas. I can still taste them in my mind.
    Even tho my Mother worked 6 days a week she baked wonderful things every year. She’d make home made noodles, you name it. Ashamedly I am not the cook she was. Seems the talent skipped over me. I like to bake but not as patient to make so much, only when I get a hankering for home made cookies. I probably baked almost every day when my (4) kids were growing up. Sounds like you love to bake with your kids, wonderful tradition your kids will cherish.
    Hope your Christmas was wonderful and wishing you a healthy happy New Year


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