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Recipe by  Elaine

“Bar cookie consisting of three layers separated by jam filling and coated with chocolate.”

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Original recipe yields 56 cookies



  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.

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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 to match the holiday or theme. You will not be disappointed. I also find that cutting the bars upside down, with the chocolate side down is MUCH easier.



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 for far too much. You only need to finely coat each layer. I used a total of 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons. For the full recipe I would use anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 cup. If you find that your chocolate is too thick, add a little veggie oil and it will be much easier to work with without the taste being compromised. I used 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and that was a perfect amount to spread. Coat with chocolate sprinkles to make them truly authentic. AEMAZA has the right idea when it comes to cutting the cookies. The cut is much cleaner/nicer when placed upside-down! Thanks Elaine!



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 will make these again.

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Amount Per Serving (28 total)

  • Calories
  • 317 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 18.1 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs
  • 38.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 109 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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