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Taste the Rainbow…Cookie

....the giant!

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Ever since I can remember Rainbow cookies, also known as Neapolitan or Venetian cookies, have been my absolute favorite.  It is a cookie, but the beauty of it is its cakey properties.  Technically I would call it a petit four, but what 7 year-old even knows what that is!  It consists of three delicious layers of an almond based cake.  The cakes are colored to match the colors of the Italian flag, hence the names).  They are layered with seedless raspberry preserves, weighted down to put them all together, cut into thin strips, and coated with chocolate.  Oh yeah, they sound as good as they taste. 


I happen to walk into a diner to grab a quick lunch and while I stand there waiting to be seated a cook comes out and places a brand new dessert into the case.  It was glorious, a 6 inch wide, 18 inch long giant rainbow cookie.  I was obsessed; I had to taste it, so when I finished lunch I ordered one to go. 


It sat on my dining room table for a few hours.  I wanted to taste it, but really did not want to be disappointed.  Finally, I opened the container.  The smell wafted up to my nose and BOOM-We had a winner!  Exactly like it, from the texture, to the raspberry filling, to the chocolate on top.  Perfection, giant sized perfection. 


Sadly, I couldn’t finish the thing, it was way too big.  To be honest, I prefer the bite size quality of the original; you can fit the whole thing in your mouth at once and get all the flavors mingling.  It was great to see and taste the big one though and I think I may just request that this year for my birthday!


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  • Petrucci | 04/13/2011

    I would love to try and make the cookies and the cake, but where is the recipe????

  • SophyB | 05/01/2009

    I have to say, rainbow "cookies" have always sort of frightened me. Maybe its the not-found in nature color. haha

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    LisaWaddle | 04/05/2009

    I have also been a huge fan of rainbow cookies since childhood. They always struck me as a sophisticated choice from the cookie plates they always appeared on. When I first saw your post, I thought you had submitted a version of Pimp My Snack -- the opposite of the Make it Mini challenge.

  • strawberrymousse | 04/02/2009

    Good day to you!
    Love the colors in the rainbow cake-cookie. Very nice for spring time brunch or even Easter special... I have something that I use to bake when I was living in Truro Nova Scotia in the 80'. Its called "Pinks". I just found the recipee again and will try it out... Its a base made of butter, brown sugar and flour, then you cover with rasberrry jam, and pour the pink(food coloring in the cake batter )over. Bake, and then add butter icing colored pink on top, cut in squares. Voilà! I remember that it was served for tea time with other ladies.
    My grandmother used to add food coloring when doing hard boiled egg for special breakfast at Easter...rainbow color but pastel... more ideas later!

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