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Neapolitan Cookies

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Ingredients
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs), softened
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg 1 Large
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Unsweetened baking chocolate squares 1 Ounce, melted
  Finely chopped walnuts/Finely chopped pecans 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Finely chopped candied cherries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Red food coloring 2 Drop (Use Liquid Variety)
  Flaked coconut 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Rum extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Line an 8 inch square pan with plastic wrap such that it extends over the edges. Set aside
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F before baking is required.

MAKING
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until soft.
4. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and creamy.
5. Gradually add egg and the vanilla, beating until well blended into the creamed mixture.
6. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
7. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in batches, beating at low speed to make dough.
8. Turn out on a flour dusted surface and divide into 3 portions.
9. Into one portion, knead chocolate and walnuts then press to line bottom of prepared pan.
10. Into the second portion knead chopped cherries and red food coloring and press over first layer in pan.
11. Into the last portion knead coconut and rum extract and press over cherries dough.
12. Cover pan with extra wrap/foil at the edges and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight until well chilled.

FINALIZING
13. Invert loaf pan onto a cutting board. Carefully peel off and discard plastic wrap/ foil.
14. Cut dough into 5 equal strinps.
15. Cut each strip of dough crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices.
16. Arrange slices on cookie sheets keeping 2 inch space between each
17. Bake in a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
18. Remove from oven and cool slightly on baking sheets then slide onto wire racks to cool completely.

SERVING
19. Serve the cookies with tea or coffee or wrap and include in your gift hamper.

TIPS
Freeze dough in pan for up to 1 month, if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chocolate
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
24

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