Nalbone Family Recipes

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Italian Neapolitan Cookies

Newspaper Clippings in Mom's Black Book

Servings: 70

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Start to Finish Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Inactive Prep: 8 hours


  • Dark Mixture:
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup nuts
    • 1 cup shortening
    • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
  • Light Mixture
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup seedless raisins
    • 12 candied cherries
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Prepare dark mixture:
    1. Sift flour; measure. Sift again with spices, soda and salt. Chop nuts into small pieces. Cream shortening; add sugar, working until fluffy. Beat in egg, flour and nuts.
  2. Prepare light mixture:
    1. Sift flour; measure. Sift with soda and salt. Chop raisins fine, and cherries in fourths. Cream shortening and sugar until light. Beat in egg, vanilla, almond and water. Stir in flour, raisins and cherries.
    2. Pack 1/2 of the dark mixture into a 9" X 5" X 3" pan. Pack light mixture on top of dark mixture. Cover with remaining dark mixture. Chill overnight.
  3. Start oven 400F or hot. Slice cookies crosswise 1/4" thick, then cut each slice in half. Bake 10 minutes.
  4. Decorate with tinted confectioners' frosting.

Yield: 140 Cookies

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 162 Calories; 6g Fat (32.2% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 9mg Cholesterol; 71mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

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