Neapolitan Cookies

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  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 drops red liquid food coloring
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened baking chocolate, melted


  1. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with wax paper; set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Divide the dough into thirds. Add almond extract and food coloring to one portion; spread evenly into prepared pan.
  4. Add nuts to second portion; spread evenly over first layer.
  5. Add melted chocolate to third portion; spread over second layer. Cover with wax paper; refrigerate overnight.
  6. Unwrap; cut loaf in half lengthwise. Cut each portion into 1/8-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yields 12 dozen.