Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Linzer Cookies (Jam Sandwich Almond Cookies)




If you go to Linz, Austria you will not find these cookies under the name Linzer cookies, but you will find the famous Linzer Torten. Moving to Germany inspired me to try out these cookies and I was not dissapointed. The nutty flavor with the cinnamon, lemon zest is just divine. Combine with your favorite jam.   

Perfect idea for Valentine's day. 


Ingredients:

1 cup ground almonds/ or almond meal
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Lemon zest (from one lemon)
1 cup Butter room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 Eggs

Jam of your preference
Powdered sugar for presentation

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F).
Mix flour, almond meal, cinnamon and salt together.
Cream butter (with an electric mixer), add in sugars, then eggs.
Slowly add in flour, until mixture is almost mixed, then continue with your hands.
Knead until well incorporated.

This dough was a little hard to work with, I think it was because of the almonds. I suggest dividing the dough in half, and chilling for only 10 mins, then work with it.

Remember, they will be sandwich cookies, so you don't want them too thick. Choose a shape and prepare the cookie dough.
Use a small shaped cutter inside the bigger shape you choose. Be sure to have the right amount of 'tops' and 'bottoms'.

Bake for 6-8 mins.

Allow to cool down totally before filling with jam. Dust the 'tops' with powdered sugar. Use less jam than you think you need of jam to prevent overflow (I was a little jam-happy and has overflow in some of the cookies). About half a teaspoon is enough. 

Enjoy!

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