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Valentine Wishes and Linzer Cookies

Wishing you lots of
this Valentine’s Day and every day!
I’m a day late and a dollar short – it’s the story of my life. I promised you a tried and true recipe for Linzer Torte Cookies last week, and I’m just this morning sharing it. I often become slightly obsessed with finding the perfect recipe and will try several, tweaking them until I have the best version. This is the case with Linzer Cookies. I fully endorse and recommend writing notes in your cookbooks – it’s so helpful for next time! (I recently tried my idol The Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for Linzer Cookies, and found the dough to be difficult to work with and, when compared to this recipe, not quite as tasty. Just sayin’. Still love ya, Ms. Contessa!)
According to Wikipedia, the Linzer Torte (or Linzertorte) is an Austrian and Hungarian torte with a lattice design on top of the pastry. Linzer Torte is a very short, crumbly pastry made of flour, unsalted butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, cinnamon and lemon juice, and ground nuts, usually hazelnuts, (but even walnuts or almonds are used), covered with a filling of red currant jamor, alternatively, plum butter, thick raspberry or apricot jam. It is covered by a lattice of dough strips. 
Linzer Sablés are a cookie-sized version, made by cutting a circle of a similar dough, covering it with jam, placing a donut-like circle with a hole in the center piece of dough on top, and dusting with confectioner’s sugar.

Linzer Cookies (Nut-Free)
original recipe from Family Circle Magazine, 1979 (vintage!)
(Print Recipe)

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
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
confectioner’s sugar

Heat oven to 350.

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. 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 in half on separate sheets of plastic wrap; flatten into disks and chill several hours or overnight.

One disk at a time, 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.

Bake 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.)

Spread a layer of jam on each of the solid (bottom) cookies. For this batch we also used Nutella (chocolate-hazelnut spread) on some of our cookies – yummmmmmm!

Dust the cookies with cut-outs (tops) with confectionary sugar. Top each bottom cookie with a top to form a sandwich.

Delight your family and friends with your amazing and beautiful Linzer Sables!

Now, because I hid Valentine treats for my family so well, even I couldn’t find them this morning, so I’m off to search my house!
(At least I sent them to school with a little love in their lunchbox – thank goodness for those cookie cutters!)

Use Valentines Day as an excuse to smile and make this a happy day!

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Allison @ Alli 'n Son

Friday 18th of February 2011

These are beautiful! I think I'd pick the nutella cookies, I'm a nut for chocolate.

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Friday 18th of February 2011

Oh boy!Those cookies look soooo good.Really bad for a prego mommy that has to keep it low key on sugar.So Agave it is.

Michelle @ Ten June

Wednesday 16th of February 2011

Those cookies look great! Hope you enjoyed them and your Valentine's Day!

Privet and Holly

Tuesday 15th of February 2011

Yummy, thanksfor the LinzerLove, Lisa!!{Ooh, illiteration....!}Hope it was awonderful dayfor you and yoursweet family : )Happy Tuesday!xx Suzanne


Tuesday 15th of February 2011

Lisa, these look so beautiful and yummy! I hope that your day was special :)