Neapolitan cookies are chewy and soft, flavored with delicious strawberry, rich chocolate, and buttery vanilla. They're beautiful cookies perfect for birthdays, showers, and potluck parties!
This cookie situation is the best of not just one but THREE wonderful worlds. There is nary a more classic combination than chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. Neapolitan cookies look so amazing and are actually pretty quick and easy to make! I tested several different flavorings and methods to get this recipe just right.
They are made from one base dough divided into three different flavors, then combined into one delicious cookie. The dough is beautiful and looks like perfect little scoops of neapolitan ice cream!
Ingredients needed for Neapolitan Cookies
Most of these ingredients are already pantry staples. Here's what we're working with:
- Butter - sweet cream, salted, room temperature. Not melted!
- Brown sugar - light
- White granulated sugar
- Cocoa Powder - dutch process preferred, it's more fine and has a much richer chocolate flavor.
- Vanilla extract - I beg you, do not use imitation flavor for this recipe. It's just not as delicious! Definitely worth the splurge to get the real stuff.
- Almond extract - adds extra muah to the vanilla cookie dough.
- Strawberry Jello mix - not sugar-free.
- Egg - large
- All purpose flour
- Baking Soda
How to make Neapolitan Cookies
Pull out your stand mixer or electric hand mixer, you'll need it for these fun cookies.
- Make the base dough - Cream together the softened butter, white granulated and light brown sugars until fluffy and creamy. Then the egg, salt, and vanilla is added and mixed until fluffy. Last the baking soda and all purpose flour is added until mixed well. The dough should be wet and a little sticky since more ingredients are added to flavor it.
- Divide & flavor the dough- Divide the dough into three equal portions, then mix in the flavorings. Vanilla extract, almond extract, strawberry jello powder, cocoa powder, and flour.
- Assemble - After the doughs are made, take small pieces from each section of dough and roll into small tootsie roll shaped rolls. Then press them all together lengthwise and roll into a ball or press into a cookie scoop to get a round ball shape. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Bake - When all of the dough is used, place cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheets and bake at 350 Fº.
Pro Tips for making perfect neapolitan cookies
This neapolitan cookie recipe has been tried, tested and is kid approved!
- Make the three flavors of cookie dough in the order instructed in the recipe. Vanilla, then strawberry, then chocolate. You can make them in the same bowl without cleaning in between flavors if you make them in that order. Hooray for less dishes!!
- For the beautiful stripes, make sure to roll the cookie dough into little logs, line up side by side, and then either roll into a ball or press into a cookie scoop and scoop onto a baking sheet.
- Don't overbake! These cookies need 8-10 minutes in the oven, tops.
- Use dutch process cocoa powder, real vanilla extract, and regular strawberry gelatin powder. I have not tested this recipe using sugar free powder, the measurements would not be the same and the taste might be different.
When testing this recipe, I used a variety of flavoring methods for the strawberry flavored cookie dough. Freeze dried strawberries, Nesquick Strawberry milk powder, and strawberry jam all worked but not as well as I liked. Jello powder gave the dough the color, texture, and most important, the FLAVOR I wanted!
How to freeze Neapolitan Cookies:
- Line a metal pan with tin foil.
- Place cookie dough balls on pan so the edges are not touching. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Freeze for 4-5 hours, then place into air tight container or freezer safe bag and return to the freezer.
- To bake: Simply preheat the oven to 350Fº, place frozen cookie dough balls on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes.
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- ¾ cup salted butter, softened (1.5 sticks)
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all purpose flour
For the Vanilla dough:
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
For the Strawberry dough
- 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoon strawberry jello powder
For the Chocolate dough
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- In a mixing bowl combine room temperature butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix with electric hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium/high speed about 3 minutes, until light and creamy, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
- Add egg, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until well combined and fluffy. Add baking soda and flour last, mixing slowly until well combined. Divide dough into three equal portions.
For vanilla dough
- Place the first section of cookie dough in the original mixing bowl. Add the almond extract and ¼ cup of flour. Mix until well combined. Remove from bowl, wrap in plastic wrap/cover and set aside.
For strawberry dough
- Place the second portion of dough in original mixing bowl (no need clean between doughs) with the strawberry jello powder and 3 Tablespoons of flour. Mix well, remove from bowl and cover/wrap in plastic and set aside.
For chocolate dough
- Place the last portion of dough into the bowl (no need to clean between doughs) and add cocoa powder. Mix well. Remove, cover, and preheat oven to 350 Fº.
- Take a small piece of dough (about 1.5 teaspoon) of each flavor and roll into small rolls. Press together lengthwise and then either place into a cookie scoop to make a round ball or roll with hands into a ball. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Place cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheet 10-12 per sheet and bake at 350Fº for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and serve.
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