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Chocolate Coconut Neapolitans Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Neapolitans Recipe

These yummy striped cookies with a chocolaty twist are easy and fun to make, but they do need some time in the freezer. —Lena Marie Brownell, Rockland, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:66 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, finely chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening


  • 1. Line a 9x5-in. loaf pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Divide dough into thirds. Add almond extract and red food coloring to one portion; spread evenly into prepared pan. Add coconut to second portion; spread evenly over first layer. Add chocolate syrup to third portion; spread over second layer. Cover with foil; freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  • 3. Unwrap loaf and cut in half lengthwise. Cut each portion widthwise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip one end of each cookie into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 5-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 261307
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"These are really tasty cookies and I will make them again."

cherylannwhite User ID: 8193128 258781
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

"I first found this recipe in the February 10, 2003 TOH magazine my mother gave to me. I have been making them every year, (missing only last year). These cookies are, by far, my favorite!! My son loves them best without being dipped in chocolate. I transfer the frozen prepared dough to a freezer bag and they last for several months. Delicious!"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 258064
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2016

"I've made these for three Christmases now (not all in a row, as I rotate), but each time I check back here for new reviews before baking another batch. To the person who posted that she really couldn't taste the coconut: try toasting your coconut flakes first. To the person who suggested adding raspberry extract to the red dough: I did just that this year (1/2 tsp. each of almond and raspberry extracts), and, OMG, yum! And to the person who said she had to double the dipping chocolate amounts to get enough to dip all of the cookies, yeah, me, too. However, these cookies are so attractive and so flavorful that I expect to include them in my holiday baking rotation for many years."

destine User ID: 2519270 83011
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"I have been wanting to make these since they first appeared in TOH but I was a bit intimidated. I finally did it this weekend. I followed the recipe exactly and they are delicious. The ones in the picture look prettier than mine, but I'm fine with that because they are so delicious. I did sprinkle some jimmies on the dipped chocolate end of the cookie."

whispurr User ID: 4431844 65981
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Overall this is my favorite of all the cookies I made this season. I put raspberry extract in the pink ribbon and it is amazing. I wish I hadn't dipped them in chocolate though as it made them too sweet and it overpowers the other flavors. I also found I had to double the quantity for chocolate chips and shortening to get all the cookies dipped like in the picture."

lawitude User ID: 7037452 113119
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"Yummy cookies. I made one change though. I used bakers chocolate instead of chips as you do not need to add shortening to melt."

lawitude User ID: 7037452 122424
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"Yummy cookies. I made one change though. I used bakers chocolate instead of chips as you do not need to add shortening to melt."

MRPinter User ID: 2095996 113118
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"My family really likes these cookies for Christmas. I used green food coloring to color the coconut and let it dry for a bit before mixing it in with the plain dough to make the cookie even more "Christmas-y"."

shirleyferra754 User ID: 31064 41627
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I put the dough together yesterday and baked them this morning. My DD stopped by for tea and gave them a big thumbs up.

Thank you for the recipe.
If I do decide to try one it would only be 2 points on my new WW program. Hope I figured it right. Shirley"

prues brews User ID: 3720632 45278
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I've been making these cookies for three years. Compliments on them every time. these are made a gifts that go in a goodie basket of treats. I like the fact that they hold up well. At the end of the week they are just as good as they were at the begining of the week."

Daisy Dew User ID: 5576735 54164
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"I enjoyed making these cookies for a cookie Exchange. They look so pretty and colorful on a plate! You can't taste much of the coconut but I'm not sure what would remedy that. I love how the shortning adds such a gloss to the chocolate! A little time consuming but very easy to accomplish!"

Darlene1679 User ID: 3521440 122421
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"These cookies are delicious. Because my family does not like coconut I used pecans in the "white" portion, and maraschino cherries in the pink, also adding a couple extra drops of red food coloring. I will make these often, and especially as a part of my Christmas collection."

debash1 User ID: 3439160 37086
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"I made these for Christmas this year. However, I used milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate because many people I know like milk chocolate better. These are not difficult to make. I leave them in the freezer overnight and bake them the next day. Very good flavor and colorful!"

jpopik User ID: 100338 60651
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"Very easy and very good cookie!"

voyageuse User ID: 1465200 89258
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"Joyriver is right - definitely cut into thirds - these cookies are huge."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 41607
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"For a darker chocolate coloring, instead of using syrup, I melted some chips instead. The flavoring is better and the color is darker. I love this cookie!"

tammilinnf User ID: 959713 37085
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2008

"I made these several years ago and they're a nice addition to my cookie trays at Christmas. They're quite yummy. They are a bit of work to make but definaely worth the trouble. One thing I've found is that I slice mine a bit thicker than the recipe calls for. This keeps them from getting too crunchy. Thanks:)"

joyriver User ID: 3203363 60650
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2008

"This is my family's absolute favorite Christmas cookie. It is first on a list of over 50 kinds we make each year. Try them - you won't be disappointed! They do bake into a very large cookie.I suggest cutting in thirds lengthwise then into slices."

[email protected] User ID: 1193357 65980
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2007

"Dear Lena, These have been a staple in our Christmas Cookies plates we assemble for a few years already. Family and friend are excited to get these on their cookie plate and look forward to these unique delicious cookies each Christmas. Thanks for sharing such a great cookie recipe!! Sue M."

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