Seven Layer Cookies (aka Rainbow Cookies)

Growing up in a greatly Italian-American component of Connecticut suggested that these 7 layer cookies– or as we constantly called them, rainbow cookies– were offered at practically every pastry shop around. (And if I’m not incorrect, a reasonable variety of supermarket pastry shop situations, as well … or possibly their only overlap was the pink as well as environment-friendly leaf-shaped butter cookies sandwiched along with delicious chocolate.)

Upon taking a digital peek inside our most frequented store, St. Rita’s Bakery, I’m instantly struck with a wave of fond memories. Very little has actually transformed for many years; I can find the pieces of frying pan pizza out on the back counter, a stack of angel wings waits for a last cleaning with powdered sugar, as well as there, on the leading rack of the rightmost bread instance you can detect these cookies, bordered by 2 of my various other faves. If you ever before questioned where my love of almond-focused baked products originated from, well, it’s that trifecta of cookies right there.

If you’ve never ever had the satisfaction of munching on among these chocolate-enrobed confections, below’s what you’re entering: 3 layers of rather spongy-yet-chewy almond cookie, 2 slim layers of apricot jam as well as 2 stylish layers of delicious chocolate. Quick mathematics check. Yep, 7 layers. The cookie itself advises me partially of a nut-enriched chiffon, both in appearance as well as method, so if they advise you of petit fours in look, that’s not as well away in reality.

The trickiest component to master in all this? Reducing the cookies. It’s absolutely among those points that takes a couple of mosts likely to grasp– recognizing simply just how much stress to put in on the quickly ruined delicious chocolate layer to get a tidy line, which blade (or blades) in your toolbox are best-suited for the job, and so on. The good idea, it’s tasty, tasty technique and also the less-than-picture-perfect cookies taste great!

7 Layer Cookies (also known as Rainbow Cookies)

Heather Sage (adjusted from Epicurious)

Preparation Time: 1 hr+

Chilling Time: 4 hrs+

Makes: About 4– 5 loads cookies


Almond Cookie Layers:

  • 227 grams (1 mug) saltless butter, softened, plus a lot more for the frying pan( s)
  • 192 grams (1 mug) granulated white sugar, split
  • 8 ounce can Solo Almond Paste (or various other gluten-free almond paste) ¹
  • . 4 big eggs, divided and also offered space temperature level
  • 7 grams (1 1/2 tsps) almond remove
  • 60 grams (1/2 mug) millet flour
  • 60 grams (1/2 mug) garbanzo-fava flour
  • 96 grams (1/2 mug) potato starch
  • 32 grams (1/4 mug) arrowroot starch
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan periodontal
  • 1 tsp cooking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Red, yellow and also eco-friendly fluid food tinting

Jam Filling:

  • 10 ounce container apricot protects, cozy as well as pressure with a great mesh screen, trendy to space temperature level

Delicious chocolate Topping:

  • 6– 8 ounces bittersweet delicious chocolate wafers or cut delicious chocolate, separated


Make cookie batter, cook and also cool down:

Preheat stove to 350 ° F. Line a solitary (or 2 or 3, if you have multiples!) 9 ″ x13 ″ steel cooking frying pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on both of the lengthy sides. Butter subjected frying pan sides as well as parchment paper; reserved frying pan( s).

In the dish of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle accessory, incorporate the butter, almond paste and also 3/4 mug of the sugar. Beat on medium-high rate for regarding 3 mins or up until light and also cosy. Scuff down the dish, include the egg yolks as well as almond remove, and also remain to defeat up until well-combined, concerning 2 mins, scratching down dish as required. In a tiny dish, blend with each other completely dry active ingredients (millet flour via salt). Include completely dry active ingredients to the almond paste blend and also mix on reduced rate simply till incorporated; alloted.

In a tidy stand mixer dish with whisk accessory (or blending dish with hand beaters or by hand with a balloon whisk) beat egg whites to soft heights. Slowly spray in staying 1/4 mug sugar while whipping egg whites to tight, glossy heights. Carefully mix regarding 1/3 of the egg whites right into the almond paste batter to lighten, fold up in staying egg whites. Separate batter uniformly in between 3 tidy bowls (regarding 12 ounces/340 grams of batter in each). Utilizing a tidy spatula for each and every, fold 15 decreases environment-friendly shade right into one dish, 15 declines red right into the following as well as 5 decreases yellow right into the last. Transfer each shade batter to its very own frying pan (if you’re utilizing simply one frying pan, cook one as well as established staying bowls apart for later on), make use of a little, countered spatula to spread out right into an also layer.

Transfer frying pan( s) to oven and also cook for 8– 10 mins or simply up until they begin transforming brown and also draw every-so-slightly far from the sides. (In my stove, I can cook approximately 2 9 ″ x13 ″ s on one shelf at once.) Making use of parchment paper overhang, transfer layer( s) to shelfs to cool down. If you require to recycle the frying pan, make certain to cool down frying pan entirely in between sets! Awesome all layers to space temperature level prior to continuing.

Layer cookies with apricot:

Transfer one cooled down cake layer (red or environment-friendly), parchment side up, to a tiny, tidy cooking sheet or reducing board (generally something little sufficient to suit your refrigerator or fridge freezer, yet bigger than 9 ″ x13 ″) covered with cling wrap. Peel away parchment, spread fifty percent of the stretched and also cooled down apricot protects over leading as well as thoroughly location yellow layer on the top (if the layer splits, do not stress, assemble it with each other right into a solitary layer as best as feasible as well as continue). Get rid of parchment and also spread with continuing to be apricot. Get rid of parchment paper from the last layer, as well as established on top (ensure the previous parchment paper side is down, touching the apricot). Location a sheet of cling wrap over cookie block, leading with one more likewise sized cooking sheet or reducing board (absolutely nothing as well hefty) to weight a little, and also provide a pair light presses to make certain layers stick well. Transfer to refrigerator (4 hrs) or fridge freezer (1– 2 hrs) to cool entirely prior to continuing.

Layer with delicious chocolate:

About 15 mins prior to you’re all set to layer cookies with delicious chocolate, eliminate them from the refrigerator or fridge freezer, established leading weight apart and also peel off as well as dispose of leading layer of cling wrap.

Right before finishing, area fifty percent of the delicious chocolate in a tiny, heatproof dish (ideally steel, I utilize a 2-quart stainless-steel one by Endurance/RSVP) or in the top of a dual central heating boiler. In a tiny pan (I utilize this 2-quart frying pan) over tool warmth, cozy regarding 1″ of water (ensure there’s at the very least 1/2″ of area in between the water as well as base of the dish when it’s put over the top) up until it simply hardly gets to a simmer. Lower warm to reduced and also established dish with delicious chocolate over top. Stir/fold delicious chocolate as well as warm simply till regarding 75% of the delicious chocolate is thawed. Eliminate dish from warm and also gradually mix up until smooth.

Put thawed delicious chocolate over leading layer as well as job rapidly to spread it in an also layer (the balanced out spatula can be found in helpful once more). Enable delicious chocolate to establish prior to positioning a tidy sheet of cling wrap over leading and also turning cookie over with using the cooking sheet/cutting board that was alloted.

Thaw partner of delicious chocolate as well as pour/spread over leading as previously. Permit to evaluate area temperature level prior to moving to the refrigerator to cool down totally.

Eliminate cookie bars:

Once delicious chocolate has actually established totally, you can reduce them right into bars. Cut sides (established them apart for snacking) to obtain a tidy, rectangle-shaped form. You can make any type of dimension cookie bars you like, yet I typically choose 4 equivalent dimension strips lengthwise (so regarding 2 ″ vast and also 12 ″ lengthy) after that reduced each strip right into 16 items (each regarding 3/4 ″ lengthy). Offer cooled or at area temperature level. To shop: cover cookies firmly with cling wrap, transfer to a storage space or fridge freezer bag (whichever is suitable for your storage space technique). They’ll maintain for regarding a week in the refrigerator or 3 months in the fridge freezer.


¹ Tracking down Solo brand name almond paste shown instead challenging for me, despite using their shop finder. Luckily, they market situations straight from the manufacturing facility; right now in the United States, a 6-pack will certainly run you $30 consisting of delivery. Visit this site for a listing of their gluten-free items (not generated in a devoted gluten-free center). If you’re opting for one more brand name, make sure to check out over the components tag very carefully– a quicker offered brand name that is available in a 7-ounce tube (Odense) includes wheat starch-derived sugar syrup.

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