Friday, December 10, 2010

Italian Christmas Cookies

Growing up in New York, and on top of that Italian, there's no way it was Christmas without a huge platter of cookies from the Italian Bakery. These TriColors were always the favorite and went the fastest.
When we moved away from Brooklyn, sure we could find ones that looked like these, but never tasted as good as the Brooklyn ones.
When the family moved to out west, more cookies. Until my mom found this recipe. It's unbelievably close, and now I make them every year. People who never heard of them, try them, and then clamor for them.
Trust me, they are that good.

The recipe is not for the faint of heart; its not hard but its a lot of little steps.
Before starting, make sure you have room in your refrigerator; these need to be chilled and weighted overnight.

Italian TriColor Cookies

1 cup almond PASTE (NOT marzipan, there is a difference--check the label)
1 1/2 cups butter(3 sticks), softened not melted
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, seperated
4 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 drops green food coloring
8 drops red food coloring
1 8 oz jar apricot preserves
1 8 ox jar raspberry preserves (no seeds)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 13x9x2 pans with parchment;lightly spray the parchment with Pam
2.Break up almond paste, add butter, egg yolks, almond extract. Beat with electric mixer till fluffy and smooth.
3.Beat in the flour and salt.
4. Seperately, beat the egg whites till stiff. Fold into the batter mixture.
5. Divide batter into 3 bowls: leave one plain, add red coloring to one , and green to the third.
6.Pour each color into their own will be a VERY thin layer. VERY thin. Tap to level. Its OK.
6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until just the edges look golden. Do not over bake.
7. Lift cakes off the hot pan by the edges of the paper; let cool slightly while:
8. Heat up the preserves in the microwave until warm and spreadable.
9. Layer the preserves between the cakes as follows, leaving the parchment under the bottom layer on one pan. Bottom to top:Green, then raspberry, White, then apricot, Red on top. Top with more parchment, then wrap the whole thing tightly in foil, and place in fridge with another pan on top flt side down on the cake with a couple of heavy cans to weight it down.
10. Refrigerate overnight.
11. Take out, remove top layers of foil and parchment.
12. Melt chips in the microwave and stir till smooth and melted.
13. Pour chocolate on top of cold cake and spread evenly over top.
14. When chocolate is set, measure your cakes and mark into 1 x 2 inch rectangles, cut carefully, wiping and dipping knife in warm water before each cut.

These can be frozen in tupperware and keep for about 3 months.
Italian Bakery Cookies...yours will taste even better!

Make it a Great Day!


  1. I have never seen these. They sound delish!

  2. Those look incredible! Thanks for visiting my blog and the sweet comments! Merry Christmas! ~Renee@


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