Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Linzer Cookies Recipe - Christmas Cookie Recipes

Linzer Cookies
I was waiting to try Linzer Cookies for this Christmas.I was searching for this type of grooved cookie cutters and finally found them in Ebay( a set of 10 grooved cutters in different shapes and colors)and ordered them.I usually have no luck with online shopping and as expected the cutter got lost in transit and they refunded the amount.

I was so disappointed as I couldn't find it elsewhere and when I was browsing Arife Lamoulde page luckily saw the same cookie cutter set there, enquired their stock through wats app and ordered them immediately....what a surprise I got it delivered the next day itself.Yes each of my online purchases have such stories associated with them :) I already used these cutters for cumin biscuits.

Linzer Cookies

I referred my alltime favorite baking encyclopedia Joy of Baking and tried these cookies, I halved the recipe made the dough and chilled it overnight.Next day I cut the cookies and baked them.Rich,buttery jam cookies tasted yum that I couldn't resist myself :)

You can even make a simple shortbread or sugar cookie dough and make these cookies but this is the traditional way of making linzer cookies and thats the reason I tried the version with eggs but sure to post a eggless version soon.

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 30 cookies
Recipe Category: Cookies | Recipe Cuisine: South World Reference : JoyofBaking


Maida - 1 cup(130 gms)
Whole almonds - 1/2 cup(75 gms)
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Lemon Zest - 1/8 tsp
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup at room temperature(113 gms)
Granulated sugar - 1/2 cup(75 gms)
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Powdered Sugar - 2 tbsp(just for dusting)
Egg - 1(20 gms)

Method:

  1. Soak almonds in hot water for 15mins.Peel off the skin and toast the almonds in a pan till slight brown spots appear here and there.Cool down.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step1
  2. Take almonds along with a tbsp of granulated sugar in a mixer and grind it to a semi fine powder,Set aside.Scrap the lemon outer skin to take lemon zest.
    How to make Linzer Cookies- Step2
  3. In a mixing bowl, take flour,cinnamon powder,salt and lemon zest.Whisk it well.Carefully seperate egg yolk and keep aside.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step3
  4. In a mixing bowl take butter, add sugar to it beat it well using a hand mixer or with a whisk.Beat well till the mixture becomes fluffy atleast for 2mins.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step4
  5. Add vanilla essence,powdered almonds and eggs.Beat it for 2mins.Finally add flour.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step5
  6. Beat it till the mixture comes together.Bring together with your hands, wrap in cling film and chill the dough atleast for an hour.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step6
  7. Now lay butter paper, place the dough and again place another butter paper and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.Take your cookie cutter and cut out the cookies.Take a small cutter and cut the center as shown in the pic.Repeat it until the entire dough finishes.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step7
  8. Preheat the oven at 180 deg C for 10mins.Meanwhile keep the tray in the fridge.Carefully take the cookies and place in a butter paper laid on a cookie tray.Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 mins or until the edges start to brown.Remove from oven and cool in wirerack.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step8
  9. Cool down the cookies completely.Take any of your favorite jam in a bowl and keep it immersed in hot water just for the jam to melt a little.In a plate take the whole cookies, flip over and place it on a plate.Spoon the jam in the center.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step9
  10. Now take the cookies with a hole,sieve icing sugar on it.Now take the hole cookies and place it on the cookies with jam.Now your cookies are ready.
    How to make Linzer Cookies - Step10
Keeps well for about 2 weeks in room temperature itself!
Linzer Cookies

My Notes:

  • The cookies spread out slightly while baking so leave enough space between each cookie.
  • I always place the cookie tray in fridge till the preheating time, so that the cookies will be firm until baking time.
  • Rolling the dough in between 2 butter papers ensures easy rolling without sticking.
  • Do not be tempted to overbake just 10-12mins will be just fine.It will be soft when taken out of the oven after cooling it will be crisp.
  • Once the jam is sandwiched the cookies become soft, so it is recommended to sandwich them at the time of serving time.
  • You can use any of your favourite jam.
  • As I took it out from fridge I had to warm it up a little to make it goey so that its easy to spread.
  • For eggless version check my sugar cookie / shortbread cookie recipes.
Linzer Cookies


Written by: SHARMILEE J

10 comments:

  1. I love your presentation,the cookies are looking great and it tempts me to try immediately.

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  2. simply superb.......which brand of unsalted butter do u use?? can i use ghee in place of butter? whats the basic difference in cookie and biscuit? in some cookies you use baking powder and others are made without it? does it make any major difference in taste/texture? plzz ans....

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    1. I used homemade butter, no ghee cant be replaced for butter in this recipe.Cookies are a bit crunchier but biscuits are more crispy

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  3. Sharmilee! they look sooooo gorgeous! I too have had my share of online shopping sagas.. but it a lot better now.. thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for sharing such awesome recipe.
    Merry Christmas.!!

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  5. Hi, does this recipe also use the egg white ? I am a bit unsure since your instructions said to carefully separate the egg yolk.

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    1. Yes it is egg yolk only, as per the orginal recipe

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