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Linzer-Cookies

Linzer Cookies

YIELD 30 cookie sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (315g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g (1 and 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter , cut into 1/4-inch cubes and chilled
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Filling: 1/2 cup strawberry jam or other jam of your choice

Instructions

  1. Process flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor for a few seconds until combined. Add butter and pulse several times until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles coarse meal. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and keep pulsing until dough starts to clump together. The dough should be crumbly with large clumps. If dough is too dry, add a bit of water. Another way to check if the dough is done is to take a piece of dough and press it between your thumbs – the dough should stick well together without feeling dry. Avoid overworking the dough throughout the process.

  2. Turn the dough to a floured surface and form into a disc. Wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Line pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick (for sandwich cookies I prefer thin cookies). Cut 30 rounds or hearts of dough using a 2 inch (5 cm) cookie cutter. Using a smaller round (or other shape) cutter, cut a hole into the center of 30 of the cookies.
  5. Transfer cookies gently using a thin spatula to the prepared baking sheets, placing them 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies are golden just at the edges. Let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Sift powdered sugar on top of the cookies with the holes.
  7. Put about 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the center of the whole cookies, then place the cookies with the holes on top, and press gently.

  8. Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

*Powdered sugar can be replaced with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Cookies with powdered sugar will have a more tender, melt-in-you-mouth texture.