Valentine's Linzer Cookies
Blanched slivered almonds will produce more uniformly colored cookies, while cookies made with sliced unblanched almonds will be flecked with brown. For a stronger almond flavor, toast the almonds lightly, then let cool before processing them with the sugar. Note that you'll need confectioner's sugar and raspberry jam for this recipe.
TOTAL:4 hours 30 minutes
- 2/3 cups Slivered or Sliced Almonds
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Grated Lemon Zest
- 1 cup Unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
- 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
DIRECTIONS:To make linzer cookies you need two of the same-shaped cookie cutters, one large and one small. Circles (biscuit cutters), Scalloped-edged cutters, and heart-shaped cookie cutters are all great choices for making linzers.
Place in a food processor and pulse until finely ground:
Slivered or sliced almonds
Cream together until light and fluffy:
Almond sugar mixture from above
Whisk together then add:
Mix just until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough for 3-4 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4" thickness. (if the dough is chilled overnight, it may need to soften slightly before rolling.) Using the large cookie cutter, cut shapes from the dough and place on a prepared baking sheet. Half of the cookies will be the top cookies: Cut a hole from the middle of these cookies using the mini cookie cutter. Repeat with the remaining dough, incorporating the scraps until all the dough is used. You should have 10 solid cookies and 10 cookies with cut-out windows.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly colored. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sift confectioner's sugar on the the cut-out cookies. Spread a heaping spoonful of raspberry jam on to the underside of the solid cookies. Carefully place a cut-out cookie on top of each jam-covered cookie, sandwiching the jam between the two cookies.
My favorite cookie cutter for Linzer cookies is the hearts -- especially for Valentine's Day! But you can use most any combination of large outer shapes and small inner shapes.
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