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01Oct 12

Mastering the Linzer Cookie

So, the original plan was to wow you with my natural baking talent but that, of course, was before I’d actually delved into making Linzer cookies.  Ahhhh, where to start. Perhaps, with the burning of the hazelnuts during the blanching process, a step needed to remove the skin off the nuts? Or, maybe after I pulled out my Linzer cookie dough from the refrigerator only to find that it was thoroughly stuck onto the pan and only a crowbar could remove it. And, how could I forget the electricity outage! When did this happen do you ask? That’s right, right in the middle of the baking process!  And so there I was in the middle of my pitch-dark kitchen at ten in the evening, just me and the Linzers, when I realized something. They were delicious! Yes, a little too moist…okay, mushy but they were actually quite tasty. All I needed now was a few tweaks here and there and the electricity gods to show me some pity. So, after a few more rounds, I finally felt comfortable with my Linzer cookies.

Here is what I learned:

First, after my first attempt at the cookies, I decided that I did not particularly care for certain ingredients listed in the recipe I found, such as ground cloves. While the addition of this spice was not bad it made the cookie taste like a Christmas treat, which is delicious during the holidays but not necessarily a taste I want to have in August!

Second, the original recipe also called for the use of hazelnuts. While the recipe actually stated that I needed to toast my hazelnuts in the oven at 400°F for 10 minutes, I found that in order to avoid burning the nuts it was better to set the temperature to 350°F and only bake the hazelnuts for 6 minutes. This, of course, could depend on your oven and climate but a lower temperature and less time worked best for me.

Third, when I used my food processor to grind the hazelnuts, the nuts were still too coarse, which made it difficult to roll out the dough. Consequently, I made a new batch of dough using almonds instead and found that not only was it easier to finely grind these nuts but I also preferred the overall taste of the dough.

Fourth, when making the jam filling, the recipe called for bringing sugar and jam to a boil. While this filling was yummy, for a fresher taste, I substituted blueberries for jam to create a filling that was just as delicious and easy to make.

Still intrigued and want to try it out? Check out my recipe below.

Cheers!
Sonia
www.foundingflavors.com

Mastering the Linzer Cookie
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Recipe type: Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • Linzer dough:
  • Almonds, finely grinded: ⅓ cup
  • Bread flour: ½ cup
  • Butter: 8 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon: ½ teaspoon
  • Egg yolks: 1½
  • Linzer filling:
  • Blueberries: 1½ cups
  • Sugar: ⅓ cup
Instructions
  1. Mix butter, eggs, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Then add in the bread flour, cinnamon, and almonds. Once all ingredients are mixed together, remove the dough from the bowl, cover in plastic saran wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  3. While the Linzer dough is in the refrigerator, add the blueberries and sugar into a saucepan and bring them to a simmer using low heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for two to three minutes before removing the pan from the heat.
  4. Take the blueberry filling in the saucepan and sift it through a strainer so that you are left with the liquid portion only.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 325°F.
  6. Remove the Linzer dough from the refrigerator and roll it out. Use Linzer cookie cutters to create both sides of the cookie and place them on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes and then allow cookies to cool completely.
  8. Place a teaspoon of blueberry filling on the cookie side that does not have a hole and then gently place the cookie side with a hole on top. (Optional: You can dip the cookie side with a hole in powdered sugar before placing in on top of the jam filling.)

 

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2 comments

  1. They look gorgeous! I can´t say I´ve ever tried one, but I´m always looking for fun new biscuit recipes.

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  2. Thanks Tim! I definitely recommend them and hope you enjoy them as much as I do. If you have recommendations on new biscuit recipes I should try, would love to try them out.

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