LINZER COOKIES (nut free)
original recipe from Family Circle Magazine, 1979
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1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 12 oz. jar jam (raspberry, strawberry, apricot all work well); we use Nutella also
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Separate 1 egg.
Beat in egg, egg yolk, lemon rind and vanilla extract.
Mix flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir into egg mixture, blending well to make a stiff dough; use hands if necessary to mix ingredients together. Divide dough evenly onto two sheets of wax paper. Use paper to make a ball with the dough, then wrap tightly and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Remove one dough disk from refrigerater. Roll dough between sheets of wax paper to about 1/4″ thickness. With 2″ round cookie cutter, cut as many circles from dough as possible. Carefully remove circles from wax paper and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Chill scraps before re-rolling and cutting out circles.
With second disk of dough, repeat process of rolling and cutting out circles. Using a smaller cookie cutter or knife, cut shapes in this batch of circles. Again, chill scraps before re-rolling.
You can use a round cookie cutter, or even a drinking glass and knife to cut out the inside shape. I have this Wilton set. The kids love all the different cut outs they can make.
Bake cookies 8-9 minutes or until edges are just starting to turn golden. Remove from oven and cool cookies on stovetop for 1 minute, then carefully transfer from cookie sheets to wire cooling racks and cool completely.
I have found if you let them rest on the cookie sheet longer than a minute or so, they tend to stick to the pan and break when removed.
Dust the cookies with cut-outs (tops) with confectionary sugar. Top each bottom cookie with a top to form a sandwich.
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