Neapolitan Cookies for Party Favor

Cookies are perfect party food and party favor. Impress your guests by serving these Neapolitan cookies at your next party. The dough can be prepared a day in advance to avoid a last minute rush. Also great for mailing, they make fabulous gifts for long distant relatives and friends.

ingredients for the perfect party favor

All purpose flour 2¼ cups
Baking powder 1¼ tsp
Unsalted butter, room T. 1 cup or 2 sticks
Sugar 1 cup
Egg 1 large
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Salt ¼ tsp
Unsweetened chocolate 1 oz
Chopped, melted, and slightly cooled
Pecans, finely chopped ¼ cup
Red food coloring 1 or 2 drops
Nutmeg, freshly grated if available ¼ tsp

    lining for Neapolitan cookies

  • Line a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with parchment or wax paper, extending the paper over the top for easy removing of dough later.

  • Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.

  • creaming butter for party favor
    Cream butter until fluffy and pale yellow.

  • Add sugar and continue beating until the mixture is no longer gritty when rubbing between two fingers.

  • Blend in egg, vanilla extract, and salt on low speed.

    Neapolitan cookie dough
  • Gradually stir in the flour and baking powder mixture just until blended.

  • Divide dough into 3 portions. Add chocolate pieces and chopped pecans in 1 portion, 1 or 2 drops of red food coloring in another, and grated nutmeg in the third.

    molding Neapolitan cookies for party favor
  • Pack the nutmeg batter into the prepared pan, smooth out the dough with your fingertips.

  • Drop pieces of the pink-tinted batter onto the nutmeg layer to cover it, then press into an even layer.

  • shaping Neapolitan cookie dough
    Repeat with the chocolate layer

  • Fold parchment or wax paper over the top, press to smooth and compress the layers. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 2 days.

  • Neapolitan cookies are ready for baking
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Lift dough out of the pan, invert it onto a wooden board, remove the paper, cut it in half lengthwise with a long and thin knife. Then, cut crosswise into slices ¼-inch thick.

  • Place slices on prepared baking sheets, spacing about an inch apart.

    The perfect party favor
  • Bake these party favors for about 15 minutes or until they are set and pale gold on the bottom.

  • Cool on baking sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
    This recipe makes about 4 dozens Neapolitan cookies to serve at your next party or give out as party favors.

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This Neapolitan cookie recipe for party favor is in Cookies. Williams-Sonoma Collection. Simon & Schuster.