LINZER SANDWICH COOKIES

 

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  • Servings: 16
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unblanched hazelnuts
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lg egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (plus more for the work surface)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup of jam (I used my Pomegranate Jelly)
  • Powder sugar for dusting

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375' F.
  • Toast your hazelnuts on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. Immediately transfer the nuts to a clean towel and vigorously rub them in the towel to remove the skins.
  • It kinda worked. I got a workout. The nuts were not completely skinless or even halfway skinless. There has got to be a better way.
  • Anyways....set the semi-skinless nuts aside and allow to cool completely. Once cool, place in a food processor and grind them up until they are....well..... finely ground. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat for another 3 minutes, until smooth. Beat in the vanilla.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add to the butter mixture (I added a little at a time), beat on low to combine.
  • Divide the dough in half and flatten into disks. Wrap them with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
  • When you're ready to bake:
  • Preheat the oven to 350' Prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Get out a 2 1/2" round cookie cutter and a 3/4" theme cookie cutter.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4".
  • Well, if your dough is anything like mine, it might be a bit on the crumbly side and not very rollable. What I did at this point was to form it into a ball first...and get that dough meshed together. Flattened it.... then it was very agreeable to being rolled out to 1/4" and then cut with the 2 1/2" round cookie cutter
  • Carefully transfer the cookies to one of the prepared cookie sheets. Using the decorative cookie cutter, cut out the centers of half of the rounds
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough and the scraps.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks to cool completely.
  • Once they're completely cooled off, you can dust the decorative tops with powdered sugar.
  • Spread a little jam on the bottoms (about a tablespoon)
  • Put the sugar dusted, decorative tops on and there you have the prettiest little tasty cookies ever.

Notes

Not much of a backstory here. I saw them on TV, hunted the recipe down on the net and baked them, loved them and will bake them again.

Categories: After Dinner  Brunch  Christmas  Cookies  Dessert 

Author Credit: Martha Stewart

Website Credit: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/linzer-sandwiches

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