Linzer Cookies

From the Joy of Cooking

Yields 40 sandwich cookies
Delicate, flaky, buttery--with a tiny dollop of ruby-red jam peeking through a cut-out--these cookies are so pretty, and so festive. These beautiful treats are a lovely additional to any holiday cookie plate, and perfect with a mug of afternoon tea.

2 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unblanched almonds, finely ground
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
10 ounces (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar

To decorate:
1 cup unsifted powdered sugar
2/3 cup raspberry jam

Cream butter and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Incorporate flour mixture into butter mixture and combine well.

Cut ball of dough into thirds. Place each piece of dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll out until quite thin--about 1/8 of an inch. Refrigerate until firm, about an hour. 


Preheat your oven to 350 F and place a rolled portion of dough on your work surface. Peel away the top layer of wax paper. Use a round cookie cutter (about 2 inches in diamter) to cut out your rounds, and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. For half of the rounds, to create the tops of the cookies, use a small cutter to cut out the middle.

(Little shapes look quite pretty, but if you don't have small cutters like that, you can use a straw to cut out three small holes in the middle of the round.)

Bake for about 10 minutes, or until just slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool on the sheet for a few minutes; then transfer to a cooling rack. When the tops are cool, sprinkle with icing sugar.

Nutritional facts
per one of 40 cookies: 129 cals; 6. g fat; 16.3 carbs; 1.3 g protein 


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