Linzer Cookies

Recipe courtesy Zoe Francois
TOTAL TIME: 51 min
Prep: 40 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 11 min
 
YIELD: Makes about 30 cookies
LEVEL: Easy

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Directions

Before grinding the nuts I roll them between my fingers to remove some of the skins, but not all. I like the look and flavor of the dough when some of the skins are left on.

In a food processor, grind the nuts and 1/3 cup sugar until they are a very fine powder. Adding a bit of the sugar prevents the nuts from becoming a paste. Set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk together the cake flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and zest; beat until incorporated. Add the flour and mix just until the dough comes together.

Separate the dough into two disks and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least an hour before rolling out. The dough can be frozen for up to a month.

Roll the dough out on a well-floured surface to 1/4 -inch thick rectangle. As the dough warms up it will get sticky, so be sure to use plenty of flour. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut the dough. You can reroll the dough that is left as scraps.

Use a small 1/2 -inch cutter or a large round decorating tip to create the hole in half of the cookies.

Bake them for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a rack.

Put 2 teaspoons of the raspberry jam on each of the cookies without the holes. Dust the cookies with the holes with confectioners' sugar.

Sandwich the two cookies together, so the jam comes through the hole. Enjoy!

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  • on February 13, 2014

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    These are great! My boyfriend and mom LOVE them. But as the other comment notes, it doesn't say how much salt so I added 1/4 tsp and I incorporated the nuts into the butter sugar mixture, right before the flour. I also decided to sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together instead of whisking it.

    The amount of hazelnuts is just right (compared to Wolfgang Puck's recipe which, for me, is much too nutty). The texture of these cookies is buttery and slightly flaky and the flavor goes perfectly with German raspberry preserves. When raspberries become in-season I'll try making my own jam for these gems!

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  • on November 27, 2011

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    This was very good. The recipe does need to be changed a bit. Like most recipes it calls for salt but does not mention the amount needed. It also failed to mention when it was best to add the nuts to the butter and sugar mixture. I added that and than followed it by the flower mixture. Since I did not have hazelnuts I substituted it with almonds. It turned out wonderful...next time I will try it with the hazelnuts.

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