I am excited for this post because it’s about my husband’s (and my) favorite Christmas cookie of all time — Venetians!  Venetians are those pretty 3-layered (pink, yellow & green) cookies that are covered in chocolate.  They are an Italian cookie that has almond paste inside the cake layers and raspberry jam (sometimes apricot) spread between the layers of cake.  They are delicious and we absolutely love these cookies!  When I was little, I used to eat each layer one at a time starting with the chocolate top all the way down to the chocolate bottom.  I love this cookie, but I must confess that this is a very time consuming recipe, probably one of the most difficult I make.  First, you need 3 cookies sheets that are the same size.  This enables you to make each layer the exact same size or at least close to it.  Also, there are several steps from allowing the dough to refrigerate overnight, to covering in chocolate, allowing the chocolate to dry, flipping over and covering the other side in chocolate, allowing that side to dry, etc.  However, if you have the time, patience, and 3 of the same-sized baking sheets on hand, definitely give these cookies a try.  You will love them because they’re not only delicious, but also very pretty too!  You will be sure to wow your family and friends with these.


  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 12 ounces almond paste
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups raspberry jam
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and line 3 15 x 10″ baking pans with parchment paper and grease parchment.
  3. In a stand mixer with a wire whisk attachment, beat egg whites, 1/2 cup sugar, and cream of tartar until stiff, 2-3 minutes.
  4. In a stand mixer, cream butter and remaining 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Add egg yolks and almond extract.
  5. Break up almond paste into little pieces and add to the mix until blended.
  6. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt and add to mix.
  7. With wire whisk attachment, fold in egg whites.
  8. Divide dough into 3 equal portions.  Add 2-3 drops of green food coloring to one batch and 2-3 drops of red coloring to another.  Leave one batch of dough natural color.
  9. Evenly spread dough into each baking sheet.  (To spread easier, wet knife occasionally and note that each layer will be thin.)
  10. Back each dough for 15 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper and place green layer down first.  Spread 1 cup of jam evenly over.
  13. Place yellow layer of cake on top of jam and spread 1 cup of jam evenly over top.
  14. Place the pink layer over the top of the jam and cover with plastic wrap.
  15. Place a cutting board on top to weigh it down and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  16. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips  and spread thinly over the red layer. Allow to sit until dry.
  17. Flip cake over onto parchment and melt 1 cup of chocolate chips.  Spread evenly over green cake and allow to set until dry.
  18. Using a serrated knife, trim edges and cut into 1″ squares.

Yield: About 80 cookies


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16 responses to “Venetians

  1. Oh perfect, I’ve been wanting to try something like this. Looks so beautiful (and delicious).

  2. Mom Kenyon

    These look fantastic. They certainly did WOW me!! I bought the 3 pans yesterday so I’m ready to take on this challenge. Great Job honey!!

  3. What lovely cookies! I like the addition af almond paste to the cookie dough. Yum!

  4. I think these look worth the trouble! What a good looking cookie 🙂 Well done! Time consuming baked goods always end up tasting better anyways because of all the effort you put into them!

  5. Wow those look AWESOME. I remember eating those a lot from little Italian bakeries when I was a kid – I never even thought of making them at home. Yum!!

  6. These look amazing and have beautiful coloring!

  7. Even though they take time, I’d say they are worth it! So cute! They look like little cakes 🙂

  8. I have never seen these before – I guess the closest stacked similar sweet we would have here is apple stack cake. These sound delicious – I totally get how as a child you would eat them by layer – that is really cute.

  9. Tes

    How beautiful and colorful and adorable these are!!! They sounds so delicious 🙂

  10. I love this!! I had some of these at a holiday party last weekend and they were so delicious. They have been on my list of things to bake for a while now. Yours looks great, so colorful! 🙂

    Christina @ Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

  11. I’m so jeals! You did a great job on these, this is one of those cookies that literally freaks me out to make!

  12. Your Venetian cookies sound so amazing I am actually considering taking on the challenge. They look delicious!

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  14. I love these cookies. I’m very lucky that my mother-in-law bakes them every Christmas so I can enjoy the home-baked taste without all the work. 🙂 One day I will tackle them though!

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