Hey guys, it's been a while!
Unfortunately, I was laid off from my job a few weeks ago, but have been keeping myself busy and learning new things! Yesterday was baking day and these linzer cookies came out absolutely delicious! Here's how you can make them yourself using the Barefoot Contessa's recipe with some modifications:
What you'll need:
- 3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature (I said delicious, not healthy, hehe)
I think Earth Balance would work just as well for a more heathy, vegan alternative
- 1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon stevia may work but I am unsure of the taste or texture difference
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or other flour of your preference
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (I ended up using sea salt rather than the kosher salt pictured above)
- 3/4 good raspberry preserves (I used reduced-sugar from Trader Joe's)
- confectioners' sugar for dusting
In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar together until they are just combined and add the vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, sift together the salt and flower, then add to the butter-sugar mixture.
Once they are all mixed together into a dough, dump onto a flat surface dusted with flour.
Roll dough to about a 1/4 inch flat disk, cover in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
After removing from the fridge, cut dough into the shape of your choice using cookie cutters.
On half of them, cut a hole in the center so raspberry can show through!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.
Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown, then allow to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of the solid cookies and dust confectioners' sugar on the tops of the cut-out cookies.
Press the two flat edges together to make a sandwich and voilà!
This cookie has potential to be done in so many different flavors with different fillings too!
I'm thinking that Nutella may just find itself in my next batch ;) What do you think?