Italian Rainbow Cookies…

I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m back now. I was inspired this past week to make a new recipe. This recipe comes from a friend’s sister’s husband’s Italian grandmother. Translation- a sure thing!! Family recipes are nearly always amazing and full of flavor. This recipe was truly that!

After making the cookies, a group of us did a cookie “throw down”. We compared this recipe to one from Mike’s Pastry and one from Modern Pastry, both located in the North End of Boston. It was no surprise that this recipe won!


Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookie

Ingredients:

1 can 12oz Solo almond filling
1 cup soft butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks, 4 egg whites
2 cups flour
Seedless raspberry jam
Apricot Jam
Red and Green food coloring
Melted Milk Chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 3 8×8 pans well. (You can also use 9×9 pans).
2. Mix soft butter, almond filling, sugar, and egg YOLKS.
Mixture
3. Add flour and mix well.
Flour with mixture
4. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
Egg whites
5. Add to mixture and fold in.
6. Divide into 3 bowls. Use red food coloring for one, green for the other and leave the last one plain.
Colored Mixture
7. Spread evenly in pans. Bake 12-15 minutes until edges are brown and center is dry.
Pans
8. Let cool. Put raspberry jam on green, white on top, then apricot jam, and then red layer on top.
Jam

Jam
9. Top with plastic wrap. Put books or a heavy pan on top and weigh down overnight.
Weighted cookie
10. Next day, cut the edges to make them even. Then melt chocolate, spread on top, cool, then cut and serve.
Trimmed edges

Enjoy!

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