Thursday, December 3, 2009

Linzer Cookies (Treats For Co Irkers)

It's probably easy for you to tell that I'm a chocolate and/or peanut butter kind of gal when it comes to my baked goods recipes. Those two ingredients seem to call out to me and I find myself zeroing in on any recipe that includes them either separately or together. Sometimes however, I make myself step outside my comfort zone and recognize that the others I bake for might like to try something different for a change.

That's how I came to choose this linzer cookie recipe for this week's Treats For Co-Irkers. Lest you think I've deviated totally from my chocolate/peanut butter roots however, please note that I did indeed fill some of these cookies with Dark Chocolate Dreams, a chocolate peanut butter that I always have on hand. The other half of these richly flavored almond cookies were filled with raspberry preserves. I think I just may have compromised to the best of my ability.

Because these cookies are put together in pairs, it's important to avoid distortion when transferring the cutouts to the cookie sheets. I was having a terrible time with that part so I decided to roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper.

I then cut out the shapes, removed the excess dough from around the cutouts, and simply transferred the parchment paper directly to the cookie sheet. How's that for some ingenuity? This technique wouldn't work for a cutout cookie recipe where there would be much spreading during baking, but that isn't an issue with this particular recipe.

Oh, and for the record, these were supposed to look like snowflakes but if you're looking for a Hanukkah cookie, consider it a Star of David.


Linzer Cookies (from King Arthur Flour)

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup confectioners’ or glazing sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup almond flour or hazelnut flour, toasted or plain; or pecan meal (I used toasted almond flour)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 large egg
1 cup seedless raspberry jam or apricot jam; or chocolate peanut butter filling
confectioners’ or glazing sugar, for dusting
Beat together the butter, sugars, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and flavor. Mix in the nut flour, flour, and egg. Divide dough in half and wrap well. Refrigerate for 60 minutes, for easiest rolling.

Roll the dough 1/8-inch thick. Cut half the dough into shapes with a solid linzer cutter. Cut the other half of the dough with a cutter that has a design cut into the center. Transfer the cookies to an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on a rack. Dust the cookies with cutout tops lightly with confectioners’ sugar.

Spread the solid cookies with 1/2 teaspoon of jam or other filling. Place a cutout cookie on top. Let stand for several hours, until the filling is set.

I've decided to enter these cookies in the Twelve Days of Sharing Virtual Cookie Jar. Please take a moment to check out all the wonderful cookie recipes and if you can, make a donation to help end childhood hunger.

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18 comments:

Frieda said...

We are on a cut-out cookie kick~ Beautiful! Great tip on rolling out the dough between layers of parchment. Haven't tried it with my super soft sugar cookie dough....old habits die hard~ Never heard of almond flour; I'll have to look for it. Same with the Chocolate Dream...is that like Nutella?

Sweet and Savory said...

I love that you solved the problem by cutting on the parchment paper. Clever.

Thank you for sharing such a good tip.

Mags said...

Frieda: Yes, Dark Chocolate Dreams (made by Peanut Butter & Co.) is like Nutella, except that instead of hazelnuts, it's made with peanuts.

Mags said...

Sweet and Savory: You're welcome!

Co Irker said...

Choices?

Now we have to make choices?

Totally unfair!

I, of course, chose the chocolate peanut butter. We're on the same page with the obsession of that combination.

Okay and then I snuck up to your hubs' office and grabbed a raspberry.

I don't want to betray my first love but...I like the raspberry ones better. I think the raspberry suits the cookie more.

This does NOT mean that they both didn't rock my socks off.

Cuz they did.

Thanks so much our lovely and kooky, linzer cookie cutting commander.

TGIF

stephchows said...

good call on the parchment idea!As much as I love PB and chocolate... linzer has to have raspberry jam for me! MMMMMMMMM so good!!!! (although I do admit the PB and chocolate must have tasted amazing!)

5 Star Foodie said...

These are so gorgeous and sound perfectly delicious! I do wish I could bake cookies like this!

June said...

Wow Mags these are beautiful cookies and what a great idea re the parchment paper. Ingenius you genius!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Love the thought of filling them with nutella, a favorite in our house. Have to make them when the eaters return for winter break.

Barbara Bakes said...

Very clever idea! I've been wanting to make linzer cookies! Lucky Co Irkers!

Mags said...

Co Irker: I think you may be right...the raspberry does suit this cookie better. Glad you enjoyed them!

Steph: Yup, the verdict is in. The raspberry is first choice.

5 Star: Thanks for commenting!

June: Like Einstein, I yam!

Rosemary: Definitely try them with Nutella. Delicious.

Barbara: Thanks!

Moogie said...

How many times do I have to ask for you to move to my neighborhood?

HoneyB said...

These are so pretty! I've made linzer cookies before and loved them however, I had to be the one to eat them all (terrible thing!) because Grumpy wouldn't eat them. They were too "crunchy" for him!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I always love how linzer cookies look, but have never actually tried them myself! I am with you on being a chocolate and peanut butter cookie girl... Although I might take your lead and give these a try this year!

You should enter these in the 12 Days of Sharing virtual cookie jar (check out www.injennieskitchen.com for details)

Mags said...

Moogie: We'd get into far too much trouble....LOL!

HoneyB: That Grumpy...what are we going to do with him!

Jen: Thanks for the suggestion! I did decide to enter them.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful cookie! They remind of the hundred of dozens linzer cookies I used to bake with my aunt this time of year.

Thanks for sharing them in the 12 Days of Sharing virtual cookie jar too.

Mags said...

Jennifer: My pleasure. Thanks for hosting the 12 Days of Sharing.

Heidi said...

This was my first time making linzer cookies, thanks for the solid recipe :D There's nothing better than trying something new and having it come out beautifully. I was a little worried about the soft dough, but there's a difference between soft and sticky. This dough is not sticky so parchment works well. I also added a little tsp of cream to my batter because I have some around, and well, its not like its going to put the calories over the limit on this one. Yummy scrumboes!