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Mar 13, 2010 09:59 PM

Where does Orwasher's get their Rainbow Cookies?

I'm not sure if they bake them on premises or not. I can't afford them anymore, they're like $20,000 for a half a pound. Anybody know, or have a cheaper place with this quality - or even a recipe for them? They are finely baked cakes with nice chocolate and the key: layers of marzipan on both the top and bottom, as well as jam. TIA.

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  1. iSAAC'S BAKERY east 15th and ave j opposite DiFara's does a great Jewish style rainbow cookie and they will ship always found it to be better one day old

    Rocco's on Bleecker does an Italian one but very hit and miss sometimes good, sometimes bad
    I always said after i died I would have a memorial funded for my memory to provide rainbow cookies for the kiddush
    One of the many reasons I quite my synagogue was they were alwways too stingy to have rainbow cookies and if they did they had freezer burn
    it is the little things in life that gives us the courage to get up in the morning
    my tip is to avoid any and all rainbow cookies with chocolate sprinkles an abomination equal to those green dyed peanuts cheap bakeries use insted of real pistachio bits on the ends of cannoli
    have we no shame or pride?

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    1. re: foodismylife

      What's the difference between a Jewish-style rainbow cookie and an Italian one? and where in Manhattan do you recommend for the best of either type?

      1. re: khoffdenver

        jewish ones have no wheat flour that would make them not kosher for passover. i have no idea what italian ones have that would or would not make them different

        1. re: thew

          So you're saying that (at least in your experience) Jewish rainbow cookies are specifically a Passover cookie?

          There is a pretty good rainbow cookie recipe here:

          They do not have distinct layers of marzipan, but the three cake layers contain almond paste. The recipe is fairly time-consuming, but makes a lot of cookies. I have found that beating the egg whites separately is really not necessary, by the way.)

          1. re: khoffdenver

            no jewish rainboe cookies are avsilable year round
            snowflake bakery in t eanech does a good job too
            Italian style are bigger and less delicate
            all tast better the second day

            1. re: khoffdenver

              in my experience they are available all year - but it would not surprise me that their popularity in the jewish community grew from them being a passover friendly dessert

      2. my favorite rainbow cookies are at palermo pastry shop in brooklyn (italian style).

          1. re: slewlew

            Thanks, everyone! I'm afraid my pastry touring is not likely to extend to the outer boroughs, but I've got Moishe's on my East Village list now, along with Veniero's, DiRoberti's and Something Sweet. (My LES noshing tour includes Economy Candy and Russ & Daughters for rugelach and babke, and the UES itinerary inclues Wm. Greenberg, Glasers, Two Little Red Hens and Corner Cafe & Bakery.) Any other "must nosh" bakery suggestions?

            Edited to add -- I don't know how all these links got here, and can't seem to eliminate them, although I've tried several times. Sorry!

            Russ & Daughters
            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Two Little Red Hens
            1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Something Sweet
            177 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

            Economy Candy
            108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: khoffdenver

              the next time you are visiting the LES, you must visit


                1. re: khoffdenver

                  trust me they ARE. birthday cake...amazing.

          2. we get our rainbow cookies from JMJ bakery in long island city, its a wholesale bakery

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            1. re: bakerygirl10

              Thanks all. I don't know why people think that Rainbow Cookies have to be Kosher for Passover, they definitely aren't (unless they're specifically made for Passover, and I've never had any good ones of those!)

              The ones at Veneiro's are good but not as good as Orwasher's, and a lot of the places mentioned are also just as expensive.

              I think that stuffed cannoli place looks stupid, and I've seen it everywhere lately, totally overhyped. That being said, I haven't been there... so what do I know, maybe they are authentic cannolis but with flavors, but they look kitchy to me. It's like saying here's some flan with rainbow sprinkles. Looks silly. And it looks a tad odd that someone's just pimping it out there, maybe that's the owner. And seriously? $2 for a miniature cannoli? Crap like those places is ruining the LES, in my opinion.

              1. re: purplepeppereater

                well the mini cannoli here are $1.84 with tax $2 not so bad for valhrhona chocolate being used in these products. If you know food. Also they have a 3 for $5 deal too. And it's an adorable place too not another dark dingy bar that overwhelms the LES but a friendly neighborhood place. It sounds like you're mad that you didn't come up with this idea. Have you had them yet?