These linzer cookies are a classic Christmas delight. The buttery cookies are sandwiched between raspberry jam and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. To make these a little extra Christmasy I used snowflake cookie cutters, but you are welcome to us any shape you have on hand, as long as it’s about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. 

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Ingredients: 

3 cups flour 

1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 cup cold butter 

4 oz cold cream cheese

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

Raspberry jam 

Powdered sugar (for dusting)

 

Instructions:

1 . Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. 

2 . Slice the butter and cream cheese into cubes and cut it into the flour using a pastry cutter. Continue cutting into the butter until it resembles the size of peas. 

3 . In a separate bowl, lightly beat the sugar and egg with a fork. 

4 . Pour the egg mixture into the flour/butter mixture and work the dough into a solid shape with your hands. 

5 .  Separate the dough into 2 portions and wrap each piece with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm. 

 

6 . Roll one piece of dough into a circle about 16 inches in diameter. The dough should be about 1/8 inch thick. 

7 . Using a 3 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut as many snowflakes from the dough as possible. Then using a smaller snowflake cookie cutter, cut through the center of half the cookies. These will be the cookie tops. The whole cookies will be the cookie bottoms. Gather up the dough scraps and roll it back into 1/8 inch thick and repeat the cutting process. Continue steps 6-7 with the remaining refrigerated dough.

8 . Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden-brown.

9 . Once the cookies are cooled, spread about 1 tsp of raspberry jam onto the cookie bottoms leaving most of the jam dolloped in the center. Then place the cookie tops on top. Lightly sift powdered sugar on top of each sandwiched cookie. 

 

Linzer Cookies
 
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Serves: 24 sandwiched cookies
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 4 oz cold cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Slice the butter and cream cheese into cubes and cut it into the flour using a pastry cutter. Continue cutting into the butter until it resembles the size of peas.
  3. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the sugar and egg with a fork.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour/butter mixture and work the dough into a solid shape with your hands.
  5. Separate the dough into 2 portions and wrap each piece with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.
  6. Roll one piece of dough into a circle about 16 inches in diameter. The dough should be about ⅛ inch thick.
  7. Using a 3½ inch cookie cutter, cut as many snowflakes from the dough as possible. Then using a smaller snowflake cookie cutter, cut through the center of half the cookies. These will be the cookie tops. The whole cookies will be the cookie bottoms. Gather up the dough scraps and roll it back into ⅛ inch thick and repeat the cutting process. Continue steps 6-7 with the remaining refrigerated dough.
  8. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden-brown.
  9. Once the cookies are cooled, spread about 1 tsp of raspberry jam onto the cookie bottoms leaving most of the jam dolloped in the center. Then place the cookie tops on top. Lightly sift powdered sugar on top of each sandwiched cookie.