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Linzer Cookies

These nutty cookies are delicious with any kind of jam.

This recipe is from The Culinary Institute of America's Cookies at Home with The Culinary Institute of America, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011).

CIA's Linzer Cookie recipe

Ingredients

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

  • 3/4 lb (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups fine cake crumbs or plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed, and ground
  • Confectioners’ sugar, as needed, for garnish
  • Raspberry jam, as needed, for filling

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the eggs, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Reduce the speed to low.
  3. Sift the flour, cinnamon, cake crumbs, and baking powder together into a medium bowl. Add to the creamed mixture all at once and mix just until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the hazelnuts and mix just until combined. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.
  5. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut rounds of dough using a fluted circular cookie cutter. Use a smaller cutter to cut a hole in half of the rounds. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. As you are working, reserve the scraps so that they may be rolled again and cut.
  7. Bake until lightly golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool for a minute on the baking sheets then transfer, using a spatula, to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the cooled cookies. Coat the cookies without holes lightly and the ones with holes thoroughly. Pipe or spread a thin layer of jam on the cookies without holes. Top with the remaining cookies and press gently to secure.
  10. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

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