Who doesn’t love an easy cookie recipe? Well today I bring you one of the most delicious, beautiful tea cookies you’ve ever made. I never made these cookies because I thought that pretty baked goods = difficult baked goods; boy, was I wrong. Put on some hot water for tea and settle down for this quick and easy Linzer Cookie recipe.
For this recipe, you will need:
· 3 ½ cups flour
· Fruit preserves of your choice (raspberry has been my favorite, but blackberry was delicious too; it is helpful to find unseeded)
· Confectioner’s Sugar, for dusting
· ¾ pound (3 sticks) of unsalted butter at room temperature
· 1 cup of granulated sugar
· 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
· ¼ teaspoon of salt
First, you are going to mix together your butter and sugar, until it looks light and fluffy. If you have the paddle attachment for your mixer, that works best. Now add the vanilla extract and mix until just blended.
Now, you are going to sift together the flour and salt. Once you’ve done this, turn your mixer onto a medium speed and portion-by-portion add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. I recommend adding the flour little by little so that the dough doesn’t become clumpy. Once you have finished adding the flour, pour the dough out onto a well-floured working surface. Form the dough into a flat disk and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
After refrigerating your dough, it is ready to be worked with! Roll the dough out onto a (once again) well-floured surface about ¼ inch thick. --Make sure that you roll it as close to this measurement as possible. Now cut out your cookies with a plain or fluted cookie cutter. With half of your cut-outs, cut a hole from the middle with a smaller cookie cutter.
Now bake the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet at 350, for about 14 minutes, or until the edges become browned. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature. Spread the fruit preserves on the flat side of the cookie with no hole in the middle. Sandwich the cookie with the hole in the center and gently press together. Cover the top with confectioner’s sugar and there you have yourself a not only delicious, but a beautiful batch of Linzer cookies.