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Linzer Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
These buttery sandwich cookies have a rich, nutty flavor with a dollop of raspberry jam in the center. A dusting of powdered sugar makes them look as good as they taste!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings 10 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Toast Nuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the raw nuts onto a baking sheet. Toast them on the middle rack until lightly browned. This usually takes 5 to 10 minutes. 

Make Cookies

  • Once they have cooled completely, pulse them in a food processor. After this mixture is finely ground, pulse in the flour, cinnamon, and salt. Set this aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is creamy, then beat in the sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so everything is mixed well.
  • Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Beat on low speed until just mixed.  Do not over-mix.
  • Form the dough into two disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and place it into the refrigerator. Allow to chill for at least two hours. 
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  
  • Remove one disk from the refrigerator. Place it on a well-floured surface and allow to sit for 1 or 2 minutes prior to rolling. Roll it out to approximately ¼  inch thick. You will need to be generous with the flour to prevent sticking.
  • Use a 2 ½ inch cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies from this dough as you are able to. 
  • Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out a shape from the middle of half of the cookies, this will act as the window that allows you to see the jam. Roll scraps into a disk, wrap, and allow to chill.  Then you can roll this out again to make more cookies. 
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12- 15 minutes. They should be just starting to turn golden on the edges.
  • Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread a heaping ½ teaspoon of jam onto the bottom side cookies. 
  • Dust the top cookies with powdered sugar. Make sure to dust the top cookies with powdered sugar BEFORE placing them on the jam cookies otherwise the jam center will be covered in powdered sugar and will not show as well. Place the cookie with the cut-out on top of the jam cookie. 

Notes

Once baked, place your Linzer Cookies in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for 2-3 days.  Or you may freeze them for up to 1 month. Just make sure the jam is fully set before wrapping them.
Dough cracking? Make sure to let it sit for a minute or 2 out of the fridge. Then, if it cracks, you can patch the cracks with scraps of dough.
Dough sticky? Put the dough into the fridge and allow it to chill again.  It is easier to work with when it is well chilled. If you still find that it is sticky, use more flour on the rolling surface and rolling pin. You can also sprinkle the top of the dough with flour as well. 

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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