Ever since I was a little girl, I've always had the same favorite cookie. Rainbow cookie, three-layer cookie, tri-color cookie, Neapolitan or Venetian cookie it didn't matter what they were called because when there were brought home from the Italian bakery it was just pure delicious delight. Unfortunately the bakeries that make the cookie now are far and few between and other than one bakery up in Connecticut, which has the perfect tri-color cookie, when I can find them they are just poor quality, dry or they have a fake almond flavor, just not like the cookies of my childhood. For a number of years I've had the recipe for these delightful cookies, in fact I've had a couple of variations of the recipe but every time I pulled it out, it always seemed so daunting I would tuck it away along with my cravings. I guess my cravings got strong enough because yesterday I took on the recipe. In the end, making the cookies wasn't difficult at all and really much easier than I thought it would be, but the time involved to make them, oh my!! Between the preparation, the baking, the assembly, letting them set up, getting the chocolate on and cutting, it was about 12 hours. So was it worth it? Oh my gosh YES!! These cookies are exactly as I remember them, dense and moist with a rich almond flavor, the perfect amount of chocolate and the sweetness of the jam...pure heaven!!
I've posted the recipe at Cook Lisa Cook if you're interested in making these delightful cookies.