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"Bar cookie consisting of three layers separated by jam filling and coated with chocolate."
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servings 317
Original recipe yields 28 servings (56 cookies)


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  1. Grease 3 - 13 x 9 inch pans. Line with wax paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Combine almond paste, sugar, butter, egg yolks and almond extract. Beat for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in flour and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. With a wooden spoon, fold into the almond mixture.
  4. Divide dough into 3 -1 1/2 cup portions. Add red coloring to one of the portions, and green to the another. Spread the batter in the 3 separate prepared pans (keeping the colors separate).
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. (Each layer will be 1/4 inch thick). Remove cakes from pan immediately. Cool thoroughly.
  6. Stack layers in a 9 x 13 inch pan, spreading apricot jam between layers (no jam on top layer). Place second 9 x 13 inch pan on top and weigh down with two 5 pound bags of sugar or flour. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. Melt chocolate over hot water and spread over cake. Allow to set. Trim edges and cup into 1 inch squares.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 317 calories; 18.1 38.1 3.9 53 109 Full nutrition

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My family loves these and this recipe is wonderful....especially since it makes a 9X13 pan rather than an 8X8 or 9X9. I've made these for different occasions and varied the traditional colors t...

Excellent recipe! These cookies are my favorite and I haven't been able to find them since moving to FL. I halved the recipe which yielded 30 cookies. In regards to the jam, I thought it called ...

Very beautiful pastel layers and excellent flavor. I had trouble cutting the bars, however, because the chocolate kept cracking and breaking. Next time I would use a thinner chocolate layer. ...

I make these every Christmas and my guests always rave about them and look forward to them every year.

These are wonderful! I made them to give in goodie bags for Christmas. I followed the recipe and they turned out great! I scored the chocolate before it hardened all the way and had no troubl...

I love this recipe. If you like Venetians there is no other recipe to use. I use more food coloring gels instead of the liquid food coloring. It make a brighter cookie. It just adds so much ...

I've been making this yummy cookie for well over 30 years. My son doesn't think it's Christmas if it's missing and it's his very favorite. Just a couple of tips: wax paper just smokes and smel...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies!!! I only make them at Christmastime because they're so much work. I make a double batch! I use either the apricot jam or Raspberry Preserves...SOOO GOOD!!!!!

This was my late mother's signature cookie. I made it for the first time today and it is wonderful!