Prep 4 hrs
Cook 10 mins
Colorful and very tasty Italian-style cookies, wonderful all year round but especially nice during the holidays! :) Prep time includes chilling for the dough.
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almonds or 1⁄2 teaspoon hazelnut extract
- red food coloring
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts or 1⁄2 cup pistachios
- 1⁄4 cup good cocoa powder
- Line the bottom of a loaf pan with waxed paper.
- With an electric mixer combine flour, sugar, butter, egg, baking powder, vanilla, and salt; beat for 3 minutes.
- Divide the cookie dough into 3 equal parts.
- Part 1: mix in the almond or hazelnut extract and 5 drops red food coloring (this is the pink/red dough).
- Part 2: mix in the chopped walnuts or pistachios (this is the white dough).
- Part 3: mix in the cocoa (this is the brown dough).
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- In the loaf pan, spread each part of the dough one on top of the other, pink, white, and chocolate; cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- After chilling, turn out the dough from the pan and cut loaf lengthwise in half, then crosswise, then cut pieces of dough to make about 15 cookies from each piece.
- Bake each batch for 8-10 minutes.
- Makes about 60 cookies.
Looked like it might be a difficult cookie to make but was the easiest Italian cookie I've ever made!!! Definitely will be making this over and over!
This is a great tasting butter cookie. It would make a unique, wonderful cookie exchange cookie because one recipe makes alot of cookies. I made this recipe many years ago based on a Taste of Home recipe. The Taste of Home recipe uses 1 ounce of melted and cooled unsweetened baking chocolate instead of the 1/4c. cocoa powder. Since I knew these cookies turned out well with this substitution, I did the same thing this time. My cookies needed 11 minutes at 350 degrees in a convection oven.
I tried making these cookies to go on my Christmas trays this year & was not impressed with the result. The taste of these cookies were very good, but did not like the way they looked as they came out of the oven, so didn't give them away on cookies trays. Will make them again, but will probably just add the flavorings along with the nuts, roll into a log & then slice & bake.