Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Spumoni Cookies

I love mixing flavors and one of my favorites (and my daughter, Erin's) is Spumoni.  The chocolate, cherry and pistachio is a match made in heaven!

The ice cream, which these cookies were inspired by, is a favorite among Italians and thankfully brought to North America by immigrants.  Did you know that November 13th is National Spumoni Day in Canada?  This fruit and nut cookie is almost as good as the ice cream:-D

Spumoni Cookies
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup Butter-flavored shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups King Arthur All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 T Dutch-processed cocoa

1/2 cup Pistachios, chopped
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 drops green food coloring

1/3 cup maraschino cherries, chopped and patted dry
2 drops red food coloring

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and shortening together.  Add the sugars and cream until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed, with a rubber spatula.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add the vanilla extract and mix again.

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until incorporated.  Divide the dough into thirds (about 14 1/2 oz. each, if you have a scale.)  To one third of the dough, stir in the melted chocolate and cocoa; the next, Pistachios, almond flavoring and green food coloring, and the last third, the maraschino cherries and red food coloring.

Chill dough 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Preheat oven to 375F-degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Use a small scoop to form small balls (or you can roll the dough).
 Bake in the preheated oven 8-10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool slightly before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.  

These little specialties are being sent to my grandson who asked for a tri-flavored cookie!  If he's like his mom and auntie, he'll eat each flavor separately! Enjoy!



  1. This looks so yummy. I loved Spumoni growing up. We lived in NY and there were lots of Italian places where we got ice cream and Italian ices. And of course "real" pizza.

    1. I love it too and that's why I thought these would be good...which they are!

  2. One cookie..3 flavours...perfect! I would love a couple of them for my tea now.

  3. These look good and reminds me that I haven't had Spumoni ice cream in years!

  4. The cookies look really good and reminds me also that I haven't had Spumoni ice cream in ages!

  5.'s been some time. These look like such fun cookies!

  6. Mmmmm sounds like a good cookie! I just made an apple cake last night, yum. still have a few apples left so maybe will make some apple sauce.
    stamping sue

  7. That looks delicious! Everyone loves cookies. I always enjoy peeking into your kitchen. You are a much braver baker than I am.

  8. You are so inventive, Susan. A beautiful cookie that I know must be good! xoxo ♥

  9. Those must be the prettiest cookies ever, and I bet they taste good too!

  10. Those triple-threat cookies look like a lot of work but so much fun to eat!

  11. These are the perfect cookies for autumn!