- 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 to 8 drops red food coloring
- 6 to 8 drops green food coloring
- 1/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam
- 1/4 cup apricot jam
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- Grease the bottoms of three matching 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans (or reuse one pan). Line the pans with waxed paper; grease the paper.
- Place almond paste in a large mixing bowl; break up with a fork. Cream with butter, sugar and egg yolks until light, fluffy and smooth. Stir in flour. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into dough, mixing until thoroughly blended.
- Divide dough into three portions (about 1-1/3 cups each). Color one portion with red food coloring and one with green; leave the remaining portion uncolored. Spread each portion into the prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
- Invert onto wire racks; remove waxed paper. Place another wire rack on top and turn over. Cool completely.
- Place green layer on a large piece of plastic wrap. Spread evenly with raspberry jam. Top with uncolored layer and spread with apricot jam. Top with pink layer. Bring plastic wrap over layers. Slide onto a cookie sheet and set a cutting board or heavy, flat pan on top to compress layers. Refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, melt chocolate in a double boiler. Spread over top layer; allow to harden. With a sharp knife, trim edges. Cut into 1/2-in. strips across the width; then cut each strip into 4-5 pieces. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 8 dozen.
Reviews forRainbow Cookies
"do you store the finished rainbow cookies in the refrigerator"
"I have been making them since the recipe appeared in Taste of Home several years ago. By far my favorite cookie recipe, they are delicious. I use much more preserves , more like 1/2 cup of each."
"I made these cookies twice, they came out excellent...I did however cut the sugar in half as there is a layer of jam between each layer...everyone loves them...easy to make just a little time consuming...best way to spread the dough is to first spray your pan then lay down the parchment paper, don't spray the parchment paper then spread the dough on it with the back of a large spoon dipped in hot water, works very well. Thanks for the recipe, my new fav!"
"This recipe makes enough to give as gifts for the holidays. Love the almond flavor accompanied with the jam and chocolate!!"
"I make my own almond paste, very easy and well worth it"
"I have my own recipe but this one is pretty much the same. I have been making these for 22 years. I make about 3-5 batches at Christmas. Going to my daughters in Alabama for Christmas where I am going to teach her how to make these. they are not for the unskilled. she will now carry the torch. Like my Christmas Eve linguine with clam sauce, my brisket and German Spec salad, these cookies are a family tradition. PS, I AM from Greenpoint Brooklyn!!!"
"These are beautiful and have a great complex flavor! I will make these again!"
"I've been making these for over 10 years. My family loves them. They are made year around for my bunch, birthdays etc. I love them made according to the recipe no changes. use parchment paper it works well."
"a wonderful cookie, pain to make but so worth the trouble"