Linzer Cookies are a popular cookie at Christmas time, but they really are delicious all year round. They are so beautiful and easy to make. Linzer cookies are a sandwich cookie that has a rich buttery tastes and usually sandwiched together with a good quality raspberry jam and topped with powdered sugar. Sometimes the dough is flavored with an almond flavor and sometimes even with the cardamom spice. It is easy to make these if you have a linzer cookie cutter set, but there are some tricks you can do with gadgets you have sitting around in your kitchen if you don’t have a linzer cookie cutter set.
I purchased a simple linzer cookie cutter set made by Cake Boss. You can buy linzer cookie sets at just about any kitchen store. Some will have a large shape like a heart with a matching smaller cut out with a mini heart. My set is a ruffled circle with a variety of different mini centers like hearts, circles, stars, etc.
You will need a good quality raspberry jam. A lot of people will choose seedless raspberry jam for more appealing look. In my opinion any good quality jam will work fine. Even though raspberry is the most popular jam to use, don’t be afraid to mix it up and use your favorite jam for a variety of colors on your plate. You will also need powdered sugar to coat the top of the cookie.
If you don’t have a linzer cookie set you can use a round cookie cutter or large biscuit cutter for the large cookie, and then use any mini cookie cutter for the center cutout. If you don’t have mini cookie cutters, use the smallest biscuit cutter you have for the center, or look around your kitchen drawers and look for gadgets that might work, for example, a apple corer will work perfectly for the center cut out.
Time to make the cookie. You want to chill the dough for at least an hour. This makes rolling out the dough much easier. When the dough is ready to roll out, generously flour a pastry mat or even just wax paper. Also generously flour the top of the dough too, so it won’t stick to the rolling pin. You want to cut out an equal amount of large cookies. Then take half of the large cookie cutters and cut a center out. Then bake for 12-13 minutes or according to directions. Allow cookies to rest on cookie sheet for 1-3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. I have found that these cookies are quite fragile so transferring to a paper towel lined counter keeps the cookies from breaking.
After cookies have completely cooled take the cookies that have the center cut out and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. If you have a sugar duster or sifter that is the easiest way to do this, but most people don’t have one of these. So what I do is take a metal strainer and add powdered sugar to it and just gently tap the sides allowing the sugar to dust the cookies evenly. It is easy to use and works quickly and saves your cupboard and drawers space for more gadgets.
Then take the cookies that do not have the center cut out and spread a layer of jam evenly across the entire cookie. Place the cookie with the center cut out on top of the jam covered cookie and wall-ah you have have a beautiful linzer cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies.
- 2 cups