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Italian Rainbow Cookies Recipe

Italian Rainbow Cookie recipe with some Italian history of the cookies and their New York and family connection to April Golightly
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Refrigerator Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Italian Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Aprilgolightly


  • 5 eggs divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 oz almond paste
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup Apricot jam or your favorite flavor
  • 5 cups chocolate chips
  • Red and green food coloring


  • Whisk together egg whites in a stand mixer until you have fluffy peaks, then set aside.
  • Beat together sugar, almond paste, and butter for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.
  • Add egg yolks, flour, and salt a little at a time until combined.
  • Fold in egg whites gently.
  • Divide batter into 3 bowls, add red food coloring to one, and green to another until you have your desired shade.
  • Choose a batter, and pour into foil-lined and greased 8x11 inch pan. Spread to level.
  • Bake 10 minutes, then take out and repeat with green and white batters and cool completely.
  • Pop out green layer, and set on a fresh sheet of foil or parchment. Spread with ¼ cup apricot jam.
  • Put the white layer on top and cover with ¼ cup jam, then finish with the red layer on top.
  • Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  • Once your cake is set, melt chocolate. Pour half on top and let harden completely.
  • Cover cake with parchment, turn it upside down, and pour the rest on top of the other side.
  • Cut into small strips, and serve.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.3mg