Venetian Layered Cookie Bars

These are a bar cookie consisting of three
layers separated by jam filling and then
coated with chocolate.

8 ounces macaroon or almond paste
1-1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs (separated)
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 drops red and green food coloring
1 (12 ounce) jar of apricot jam
1 pound semisweet chocolate

Grease three 9 x 13-inch baking pans. Line with waxed paper. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine macaroon paste, sugar, butter, egg yolks and almond extract. Beat for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in flour and salt. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. With a wooden spoon, fold into the almond
mixture. Divide dough into three 1-1/2-cup portions. Add red coloring to one of the portions, and green to another, stirring until mixture is evenly colored. Spread the batter in the three separate prepared pans (keeping the colors separate). 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. 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. Melt chocolate over hot water and spread over cake. Allow to set. Trim edges and cut into 1-inch squares.

Note: Posted to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com by "Frosty."

Servings: 56
Country of Origin: Italy

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