Neapolitan Sugar Cookies

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Soft sugar cookies topped with chocolate, vanilla & strawberry frosting.

Neapolitan Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
*1/4 teaspoon strawberry extract + 1 small drop red food coloring
(Could you substitute strawberry juice for the extract?-I think that would be better)

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, in a medium mixing bowl.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and cream cheese until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in sugar until well combined. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and lemon peel, until well combined.
Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually beat in flour mixture, until well combined.
Cover bowl, and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with nonstick spray, butter, or shortening.
Flour a counter, rolling pin, and cookie cutters. Turnout half of dough onto counter. Add a little flour to the dough, and shape into a ball. Roll out dough into 1/4-inch thickness, cut out shapes using cutters, and place cookies on prepared pans.

Working in batches, bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. (Dough won't be golden)
Cool cookies on pan for 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the frosting, heat milk, sugar, and flour, in a large saucepan over medium heat, and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. When mixture is the consistency of pudding, remove pan from heat. Scrape mixture into a large bowl, and cool a few minutes. Chill mixture in the refrigerator until cold.
Beat butter in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, until creamy. Beat in cooled milk mixture, until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in confectioners sugar and vanilla, until well combined.
Divide mixture into two other bowls, keeping an equal amount in the original bowl. In one bowl, beat in cocoa powder until combined. (Clean beaters) In another bowl, beat in strawberry extract and red food coloring until combined.
Frost the cookies as desired.

Yield: About 40 cookies, depending on what size you make them
43 comments on "Neapolitan Sugar Cookies"
  1. Emiline, you need some good chicken soup get well.

    As for your cookies, I get it..Neopolitan like the 3-coloured ice cream.

    Just the like the ice cream, I'd eat each part of the cookie in stages...first vanilla, then strawberry and finally chocolate.

  2. I really enjoy Neapolitan cake, I never thought about translating that into cookies - great idea!

  3. I'm usually a 'germaphobe' (ask anyone at work if they sneeze), but I'd take a chance on eating one of these cookies! When I was a girl I thought a box of chocolates was the neatest thing, but in reality, as you say, only a few worth eating. Hope you feel better soon!

  4. I give you an award in dedication to baking Emeline..baking while you are sick :D They turned out really well and sound delicious.

  5. Oh, I do love the sweet colors on these cookies, Emiline. Get better soon!

  6. I so want to have some of those cookies - What a fun and different cookie recipe!

  7. They look absolutely delicious Emiline, I wish I could have one! (Even with the risk of catching your illness!) Hope you feel better soon.

  8. Goodness!!! Do you ever sleep? Why are these called Neapolitan? The next time sugar cookies are required, I'm making THESE.

    Maybe a bit (a tiny bit) of seedless raspberry preserves would work in the frosting, instead of strawberry juice. What's strawberry juice anyway? You smash a poor strawberry and squeeze out the liquid?

    I saw chocolate stories all over the news before Valentine's Day about how chocolate gone disgustingly bad is sold everywhere. They showed one box that had WORMS in it! That's one way to say I Love You, I suppose.

  9. These hearts looks so sweet. I'm craving cookies now!

  10. The cookies I was supposed to make the other day were cream cheese sugar cookies. I now have the dough made in the fridge - just need to roll them out and bake them. I'm impressed that you made these while sick! That's a lot of work!

    Feel better soon!

  11. Neapolitan cookies! You are so clever.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

  12. Those are quite beautiful. Enjoy the break. I know your sick, but wish you had some days off when you get busy.

  13. I've been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe for some time now, so I'm definitely trying this one too! You have a great blog BTW!

    P.S...You Have Been Tagged!

  14. what beautiful cookies! i hope you feel better soon :)

  15. Could i pick up some germs just looking at your pretty blog? No i don't think so. :-)
    Hope you're feeling better. Get some rest and eat cookies. They look delicious.

  16. Nice looking sugar cookies. I cannot believe that I still haven't tried making them... Get well soon!

  17. Emiline, these are just gorgeous. I reckon the oven would kill any stray germs, so I would definitely eat one of these if they came my way. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  18. Aw, Emiline, I hope you feel better soon! Raw, crushed garlic or garlic supplements may help quicken recovery from colds and prevent some, and even if it doesn't, a little bit won't hurt.

    Your cookies are adorable, and I would like to think the heat got rid of any germs =D. I remember making cream cheese roll-outs one time and it was one of the best sugar cookies I ever made. The texture was incredible.

    It's the mark of a true foodie when you bake something in the midsts of being sick!

  19. Those are super dang cute. You're right - the Sampler is such a joke. Moonstruck makes the best chocolates (around here, anyway)!

    I think you need some of Jenn's chile cocoa to get your snot all cleared out. :P

  20. These cookies looks so delicious and lovely Emiline, I want one please!!! Gloria

  21. Emiline,

    I do hope to start to feel better soon! Those are some pretty beautiful looking cookies despite being made by someone who's sick. Beautiful photos too.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  22. first of all-- yum. i didn't think i was having dessert tonight, but now i'm kind of craving it . . .

    secondly-- of montreal. i'd been hemming and hawing over buying 'hissing fauna' since i'd only heard one song on NPR and didn't know for sure if i'd love it. but you and i seem to share similar tastes in music so i bought it based on your music list. and it's FANTASTIC. thank you for being an indirect influence in my purchase!

  23. So cute! Neopolitan stuff reminds me of my grandparents. They would get neopolitan ice cream and eat the flavors separately! Chocolate was always gone first but my favorite was strawberry! Hope you feel better soon.

  24. Oh, you poor thing! There is nothing worse then feeling sick and waiting to get better. Well, here is to wishing you a fast recovery! =). Your cookies are absolutely adorable! I can not believe you made these when you weren't feeling well. They turned out absolutely perfect!

  25. Very cute cookies! Great creation. :) Hope you feel better soon!

  26. Emiline, have you tried what my grandmom used to give me when I got flu? Warmed Fresh lemons' juice with honey... It might work!

    What I hate the most about cooking is cleaning the dishes afterwards, and most of the times, yes, it takes more the cleaning than the cooking!!

    Your cookies look wonderful! They surely gave you the energy to recover yourself!!! :D

  27. I hope you're feeling better Emeline!!!!! I have nominated you for an award so check it out when you have a moment. Val

  28. Hi Emiline, Thanks for visiting and the kind words you expressed. I am glad you are feeling much better and your cookies are so tempting to make. They look delicious. Congratulations on your Excellent award.

  29. First of all, I don't know HOW you manage to bake cookies when you're not feeling well! But then again, I guess it's not all about chicken soup anymore! If these don't cure you, you might need antibiotics!

  30. I'm filling my face with junk food as I'm looking at these beauties! I wish I could reach in and grab one. They look great and I would totally risk getting your sickness!

    I hope you recover soon :(

  31. Oh my god. I am a sucker for anything heart shaped--why is it the same cookies are so much cuter as hearts than as rounds!?--and I love the visual of the Neapolitan colors. And, I love cookies. You rule, Emiline, these ones look awesome.

  32. I love the looks of those cookies! They look beautiful! Hope you get well soon!!

  33. Thanks everyone!

    Sue- Yeah, I don't know. I suppose you could squeeze a couple of strawberries and get some juice out of them. I wanted the frosting to be strawberry flavored. I don't think I care for strawberry extract though.

    Ew. That's so gross about the worms.

    Christina- In that case, I should be feeling better already!

    Heather- That cocoa does sound good. I have plenty of snot. Who knew a person could make that much?

    Rebecca- I'm glad you like Of Montreal! I saw them in concert and they were great.

    Nuria- I'll have to try that. I don't know though- I really only like coffee as a hot beverage.

    I know I joked around in the last 2 posts, but I really don't feel well. I lost my voice today.

  34. I'm really wishing I would've sent you this on Valentine's Day:

    I ate one of you cookies, and I'm fine...for now, at least.
    I think Sara had 2 of them too.

  35. I like to bake when I'm home sick too. Baking is the perfect bored-at-home activity. I've noticed that when I bring the baked goods into work, no one seems to mind that they're contaminiated.

    Feel better!

  36. Yum-o! These look great. Hopefully making some cute cookies helped lift your's a bummer being sick and house bound (or being house bound by the horrible weather we've seen in the Midwest lately!).

    Hope you're feeling better!

  37. These are adorable, sweetie - but not something to be done by a sick person, I agree! :)

  38. Those are adorable! I wouldn't have the patience for that even if I was well! So clearly YOU ROCK!

  39. ow, nice blog

    This Neapolitan Sugar Cookies seems to be sooooooooo goooood!

    Can you send me at least one by FedEX¿ I´m brazilian and live here! can u¿

    Just Joking, I was ”doing nothing” and looking for someone who likes Led Zeppelin, my favorite band, than I found u!

    I have a blog too, but in portuguese. But theres a tool there to translate to you!


  40. My mother made sugar cookies when I was a little girl, home sick from school. All day I lay on the couch, smelling those sweet cookies.
    To this day I cannot eat them! (If you put a bit of lemon in I love them)
    I hope it didn't have the same effect on you ;-))

  41. you have a great blog.
    I really like all your recipes and the pictures are very nice.
    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm cookies
    Can I have One?.

  42. You're right, the Twilight movie did suck. I was practically laughing throughout the whole movie!
    I am deeply inlove with Stephenie Meyer's twilight series, but the film was not the same as I imagined it would have been; it was obvious that it was a low-budget movie.

    Now back to baking talk - thanks for the great red-velvet cake recipe! for valentine's I made my boyfriend red-velvet cupcakes, but the recipe only called for 2 tablespoons of red food coloring, but surely, the cupcakes turned out brown instead of red. :-(
    I'm excited to try your recipe this weekend, and some of your cookie recipes as well ^.^