Italian Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow cookies are everyone's favorite holiday cookie even if they don't know it yet. Here, fluffy, naturally dyed almond sponge cake is layered with apricot jam  and  raspberry jam and cloaked with dark chocolate.  

Rainbow cookies are everyone's favorite holiday cookie even if they don't know it yet. Here, fluffy, naturally dyed almond sponge cake is layered with apricot jam and raspberry jam and cloaked with dark chocolate.  

Tempering chocolate is tedious, but the results are so worth the time commitment (and the arm fatigue).    Tempered Chocolate    12-14oz chocolate (can be chips, chunks, or wafers)  Seeding Method:  Bring about 1 1/2in water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a light simmer and set a medium bowl containing 60% of the chocolate. Melt the chocolate to 115F degrees, then remove the bowl from the heat and add in the remaining chocolate, stirring constantly. Set the bowl over an ice bath and continue to stir vigorously until the temperature drops to 88F degrees, then, working quickly and still stirring, set the bowl back over the simmering water to raise the temperature back up to 91F degrees. Ta da! Chocolate is ready to drizzle, dip, or drop into candy molds.

Tempering chocolate is tedious, but the results are so worth the time commitment (and the arm fatigue).

Tempered Chocolate

12-14oz chocolate (can be chips, chunks, or wafers)

Seeding Method:

Bring about 1 1/2in water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a light simmer and set a medium bowl containing 60% of the chocolate. Melt the chocolate to 115F degrees, then remove the bowl from the heat and add in the remaining chocolate, stirring constantly. Set the bowl over an ice bath and continue to stir vigorously until the temperature drops to 88F degrees, then, working quickly and still stirring, set the bowl back over the simmering water to raise the temperature back up to 91F degrees. Ta da! Chocolate is ready to drizzle, dip, or drop into candy molds.

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Meringues

Meringues: the most innocent little treat there ever was

Meringues: the most innocent little treat there ever was

These are flavored with just a touch of almond extract (which is pretty much the best scent in the entire world) and bake up slightly golden due to the use of organic cane sugar, which is not snowy white like it's more processed counterpart.

These are flavored with just a touch of almond extract (which is pretty much the best scent in the entire world) and bake up slightly golden due to the use of organic cane sugar, which is not snowy white like it's more processed counterpart.