Sunday, June 15, 2008

Linzer Cookies

Just because they look old fashioned, does not mean they are not delicious!





















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Although these cookies look like something your grandmother may bake, they are truly delicious. The cookie is a combination of almond and cinnamon and sandwiched in between is a layer of chocolate and raspberry preserves. The most important tip when making these cookies is to make them a minimum of one day in advance before serving. If you serve them the day they are baked they will still taste good, but they will be quite hard. The cookies really need to absorb some of of the chocolate and jam to soften up before serving.

Linzer Cookies

2 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup softened butter
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract


In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl beat together the sugar, butter, eggs, and almond extract until creamy. Slowly add the dry ingredients until combined. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic, and chill until firm. When firm, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness, cut with 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cutting center out of half of them. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - l0 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets. When cool melt l2 oz. package of semi sweet chocolate morsels; spread 1 teaspoon melted chocolate on flat side of whole cookie, top with teaspoon raspberry jam. Top with cookie with hole (flat side down). Sprinkle with confectionery sugar if desired.