Rose Neapolitan Spritz Cookies

filed under: Cookies on February 11, 2013

Rose Neapolitan Spritz Cookies are colorful spritz cookies that surround a marshmallow buttercream for a cute and tasty treat. I wish I had OCD for something like laundry or eating celery. But no. I have to be obsessed with Neapolitan.  And ‘rose’ anything. Like the Neapolitan Rose Cake.   Or the Neapolitan Chocolate Cookies Cups with Strawberry Buttercream.  I can’t even tell you about all the Neapolitan desserts and Rose themed desserts I have made…well, I could but let’s just move on. I ain’t here to bore ya.  Today. (If you are looking for Christmas Cookies or Cutout Sugar Cookies for cookie exchanges, don’t miss these!)

Rose Neapolitan Spritz Cookies

Believe it or not, I have never made a basic Spritz cookie before!  They are so good, so nice and buttery and light. Hardly what I am used to baking…which is rich, heavy, sugary flavors.  These sweet cookies have just a hint of vanilla sweetness in their buttery crispiness. So I paired them up with an even more subtle buttercream…marshmallow.  I don’t know if I can detect a marshmallow flavor, but I do love the light airy texture that the fluff provides to this particular cookie sandwich.

Neapolitan Rose Spritz Cookies!

Rose Neapolitan Spritz Cookies Recipe

Now, just a heads up in the Spritz recipe.  I tried to find an origin or the original recipe to give someone credit and lost an hour of my life perusing google.  So let it be known, the vanilla spritz cookies are not my original recipe!  I did, however, make up the strawberry and chocolate versions… but I am sure they are not original either.  If you know who invented these sweet treats (I have a feeling they lived before the inter-web was invented) then please let me know and I will give full credit! 

Spritz Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt

Strawberry Spritz Ingredients (added to the original recipe)

  • Strawberry extract
  • Pink gel food coloring

Chocolate Spritz Ingredients

  • Cocoa (in replace of the flour) and no almond extract

Buttercream Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Almond extract
  • Marshmallow creme or fluff


Neapolitan Rose Spritz Cookies from

How to Make Neapolitan Spritz Cookies

Tips for success:

  • Do not chill the dough.  You will need it about room temperature for easier piping. (You can pipe out your cookies onto a prepared cookie sheet then place the cookie sheet in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up.)  
  • Bake the cookies directly out of the freezer. If you have ever made a Spritz cookie before, this dough should be exactly the same as that.  Like in here and here.  
  • Piping it through a large star tip should be the same experience as using a cookie press.  This a basic recipe, with no major alterations.
  • I would make the chocolate dough separately and not try to divide one recipe into three.  If you do so the proportions will be off and the cookies will spread.
  • A reader suggested using a smaller amount in your piping bag to help it warm quicker and to allow for easier piping.  I had about 2-3 cups of dough in my pastry bag, but can see how using 1 cup at a time might be easier!

Since I made like 47,957 of these cookies I decided I needed to share them. Plus, using two at a time for the sandwich cookies used up a few more! I found these fun ice cream containers and made up a handy dandy little label in photoshop. 

Neapolitan Spritz Cookies: Fun Food Packaging!

Just in case you might ask, I got the strawberry extract at Walmart.  But you can also get it online, through sites like Amazon. (Strawberry Extract on Amazon )  The open star tip is from Ateco and you can get them online as well. (I use mine for everything from cupcakes to rose cookies to my Original Rose Cakes!)

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5 from 3 votes
Rose Neapolitan Spritz Cookies
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
58 mins

These gorgeous Rose Spritz cookies are easy and delicious and surround a homemade marshmallow buttercream!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Marshmallow Buttercream, Rose Neapolitan Spritz Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 cup (226g) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • pink gel food coloring
  • 1/4 cup cocoa, in replace of flour and no almond extract
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 jar (13 ounces) marshmallow creme or fluff
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Combine butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and almond extract in a mixer.

  2. Blend at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until creamy. Add flour and salt, and blend at a low speed until well mixed. Divide and tint dough, if desired.

  3. To make a Rose Cookie Spritz, insert a 1M or 2D tip into a pastry bag. Fill the bag with cookie dough. I found that if the dough was a bit warm (as in heated by the warmth from my hands) it was easier to pipe out these cookies.

  4. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  1. Replace vanilla extract with 1/4 teaspoon strawberry. Tint dough with pink gel food coloring.
  1. Replace 1/4 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of cocoa. Do not use almond extract.
  1. Cream butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium until butter is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. (You can also use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.)

  2. Add in almond extract.

  3. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, about a 1/2 cup at a time. Once all the sugar has been added, mix on high for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Once fully combined, gently fold the marshmallow creme into the frosting by hand. It can be used immediately or refrigerated until ready to use in your spritz cookie sandwiches.

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  • Justin says:

    Hi Amanda,

    These cookies really caught my eye but I’m sure they’re just as tasty as they are beautiful. You must take great pride in your cooking. You’re the Walt White of cookie baking, I guess. I’m sure these have been featured everywhere but I had to share this recipe on my. “Whacchoo Bloggin’ bout” section. One day I will make these and my future belly thanks you!

    Garnet & Justin

  • Jan says:

    how many dozen cookies will this recipe yield?

  • Pam, in NC says:

    I don’t get…. I’ve read a lot of comments and folks are RAVING about how delish these cookies are… I made two batches last night (for a co-worker who had no time to bake, but wanted cookies to put in purse-shaped jars… I wanted to make something special for her – and these seemed perfect!!!) but they just taste like cardboard to me! My measurements were exact except for trading the 1/4 tsp almond extract (gag!) with more vanilla. And, I traded 1/4 cup flour for the cocoa.

    The cookies kind of smooshed out like others had said – no crisp-edged roses here! – but I thought that was doable and still looked better than just round! And I made the filling exactly the same. But the cookies, that I baked for 8 minutes that LOOKED like they were very soft in the end. And dry! And I sampled two with filling trying to find something good in them but I just could not.

    I ended up making a bar cookie recipe for her at 9:30 at night!!! What did I do wrong?!?!?!

    There are a bazillion bloggers out there and I occasionally check them out, but if P-Dub, Bakerella or YOU post, I know I’m getting a guarantee!! So it has to be ME – but I just don’t know how or what to do differently!! More sugar?!?! I had soft, dry, unflavored smooshed roses…. (and this was after my double-batch of macaroons failed as well!!! Bad day in the kitchen!

    • Amanda says:

      So sorry Pam. 🙁

    • Huy says:

      I have tried this twice now, and I am doing something wrong – when I slash the tops, the bread dtfeaels and I end up disks, more than round ball shapes. Any advice?

  • Janeen Lewis says:

    What did you fill them with?

  • Rina says:

    The minute I saw these I knew I had to make them for my friends daughters engagement party, so to be super efficient I wanted to try them out in advance to make sure i know whatim doing, they were so easy to mix but the HERCULEAN effort needed to squeeze the dough thru the piping bag and tip was beyond my abilities…I simply lack the strength, any tips of what else I can use to achieve such a pretty shaped cookie??

    • Amanda says:

      You can try piping when the dough is very warm, then chilling the cookies prior to baking. (freezing for 20 minutes or so) You can also try using a very small about of dough in your pastry bag. Hope that helps!

  • Allison says:

    I loved these cookies. They came out beautiful and tasted fantastic! Thank you so much!

    • Amanda says:

      Wonderful to hear Allison!

  • Chelsea says:

    How large do you pipe out the cookies? I know spritz with a cookie press can come out bite sized.

  • cindi says:

    I wanted to say how lovely these cookies are. I do make spritz but last year I broke my cookie press. Yes, I put a loaded press in the refrigerator and took it out thinking I could just let it warm up and it would be fine. NOT THE CASE! Anyway. I love your idea. Thank you for sharing it! I’m going to try these.

  • Cheryl says:

    Great tasting but like I said…use a cookie press and also let your readers know that you should be using powdered sugar instead of “sugar”…confusing to some as they may try the granulated sugar instead.

    • Amanda says:

      Cheryl… I understand you may not have been able to use the 1M bag with success, and I am sorry for that. I can assure you, I DID use it with success and that is why I shared the recipe and showed you images. I do not recommend using powder sugar in the recipe. Thank you.

  • Larisse says:

    Omg. Those would be perfect for a wedding too. They’re so pretty.

  • Annet says:

    Hi Amanda!!
    I have to admit that I did not read all of the comments above, so maybe somebody allready mentioned this…
    But…. I think the recipe for these cookies (wich I am deffinately making sometime) comes from Holland. We call it sprits and have them in vanilla and chocolate flavour. I have actually never seen them in strawberry flavour so I guess you are pretty original after all….
    I am not completely sure, but I do think so….
    Anyway, thanks for the amazing idea!
    With love from Holland,

  • UYuu says:

    Hi Amanda! I love your way creating this pretty cookie and definately will try my own baking followed your recipe soon. Well, I was wondering about the white paper in your packaging, what kind of paper do you use? Where I can find them?

  • Colleen says:

    which size ice cream container did you use? 8 oz, 16 oz, or 32 oz?

    • Amanda says:

      I believe the containers in the picture are 32oz.

  • Angela Gordon says:

    How many does this recipe make? 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      It really depends on how big you pipe your cookies… it can range from 2-5 dozen. 🙂

  • asmith says:

    How many cookies does this recipe yield? I need to make about 48 cookies for an event…

  • Adrienne says:

    Perhaps I did something wrong in my prep, but these were almost impossible to pipe through the pastry tip.. I gave up after 15 or so minutes and 4 different bags and tips…

    • Amanda says:

      Sorry there were issues! I talk a lot about tips and tricks in the post as well as here in the comment section. Maybe that will help for future baking! 🙂

  • sonia says:

    can this recipe be 1/2 so there’s not so many cookies or will altering recipe throw off whole recipe? thanks 😉

  • Toutout says:

    How Many cups is in gram?

    • Tante Chrissie says:

      Cups is a volume measurement and grams is a weight measurement, so there is no exact conversion. A digital kitchen scale will help and inexpensive ones are easy to come by and are invaluable when baking.

  • marina says:

    They are beautiful, I’m going try them next, just one question. The measures you give works for the strawberry and the vanilla ones? Or they are for each flavor?

  • Dee says:

    The cookies look beautiful! Just wondering if anyone has frozen them filled or maybe unfilled? Baking for my daughters wedding and have never made them before. Thanks and happy baking!

  • zinnia says:

    i made the cookies but the shape didn’t hold up. i followed the recipe exactly
    I.used both tips referenced above.
    did i miss something. can i put them in the freezer And then the oven

  • Sabrina says:

    Although by no means is my system of choice, cups can easily be translated into grams or whatever other system when talking about sugar, flour etc. But when it comes to solid butter, it’s imposible! Anuone care to tell how much is a cup of butter? Please don’t say sticks!!! State grams, pounds anything of that sort that is universal.
    Thank you in advance. I cannot wait to try these!!!

    • Juli W. says:

      1/2 pound of butter is one cup.

  • Vicki Bensinger says:

    I just want to make sure I have this correct….With the chocolate spritz cookies, instead of 2 1/4 cups flour I would use 2 cups flour and 1/4 cup cocoa – correct?

    I know I posted a comment a long time ago but just looking at these again and very tempted to make them soon. They’re so pretty, I can’t wait to taste them and display them.

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, thats correct! 🙂

      • Emma says:

        These are beautiful! Looking forward making them today 🙂
        (ps. please don’t use the term ocd unless you actually have the illness. It definitely isn’t something to wish for 😉 )

        • Amanda says:

          HI Emma! Sorry that my use of the term has been offensive to you. Blessings!

        • Michele says:

          Are you serious? You are going to go all “political correct” on her for using OCD? THIS is why the world is SO MESSED UP. People need to GET OVER IT ALREADY. She didn’t say anything that was wrong. Geeze. And I’m sure you’ll get all “OCD’ed” about what I just posted too. So what……

          • Connie says:

            YAY!! I agree with you Michele. Sooo many people wear their hearts on their shirt sleeves today.

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