Monday, February 14, 2011

Linzers for Valentine's Day!

What better day to bake up a batch of seductive, deliciously addictive linzer cookies! Actually, I don't need a special day to whip these pretty little cookies up. Linzers can be just as yummy whether they are 2" or 4" in diameter. The nut flour used in the cookie batter can be almond, walnut, hazelnut, or pecan.The jam filling can be absolutely any flavor you want. They are fun and that's why I love these so much. They are also one of the most asked for cookie in my arsenal. Since it is a special day and I know you want to get going we'll get right to my easy recipe.
Raspberry Linzers:
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Powdered sugar
Cream the butter with the paddle attachment (minimally). Add sugar and cream a bit more. Add egg, lemon zest, vanilla, and mix,. Add the nuts; mix well. Stir the remaining ingredient together and add to the butter-nut mixture. Form into a 6" disk, wrap with plastic and chill.
Roll out the dough to 1/8" thick on lightly floured surface or between two peices of parchment (preferred method). Cut with 2-4" round cutter. Cut the center out of half the cookies in whatever shape you desire (round, heart, flour, get the idea). Chill again for about 20 minutes.
Line cookies sheets with parchment, silicone matt, or silpat. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes, or just until the edges are golden. Cool completely.
Using a strainer sprinkle the cookie tops only with powdered sugar. Add a small amount of jam (too much will sqeeze out the sides when you take a bite) to the bottom halves and cover with sugared tops. Add a drop to fill the center cut out if necessary.
Well, that's it! Simple, right and a wonderful alternative or as a complimentary partner to chocolate.
Hope you enjoy some time with your special sweetie!


Vicki said...

Very cute! I used one of these cookie cutters for the first time today with a simple sugar cookie recipe with my granddaughter. The cookie on the box looked exactly like your's.

shebakeshere said...

Looks delicious, the powdered sugar adds a nice touch.