Countdown to Christmas Dec. 15th, 2016

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Hello everyone! 11 days till Christmas πŸŽ„!! Today’s recipe comes from The Kitchn. There are so many Christmas cookies out there and these are delicious and beautiful. Enjoy! 😊😊

 

How To Make Classic Linzer Cookies

Makes 2-dozen sandwich cookies

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) whole, skin-on almonds
2 1/4 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup (2 ounces) powdered sugar

 

Equipment

Measuring cups and spoons
Food processor with blade attachment
Stand mixer with the paddle attachment
Parchment paper
Fluted round nesting cutters in 2-inch, and 1-inch
Rolling pin
Fine-mesh strainer

 

Instructions

 

Toast the almonds: Toast the almonds in a small frying pan over medium heat until fragrant, stirring frequently, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the almonds to a plate and cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Make almond flour: Place the cooled almonds and 1/2 cup of the flour in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process to a fine meal. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour and salt, pulse to just combine, and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy and lightened in color, about 3 minutes. (Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer and a large bowl.)

Add the egg and vanilla: Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the egg and vanilla, return the mixer to medium speed, and beat until well-combined, about 1 minute.

Add the flour: Stop again and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated, about 30 seconds.

Divide the dough: Remove the bowl from the mixer and give the dough a few stirs with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom of the bowl, to ensure that all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions, about 4 1/2 ounces each.

Chill the dough: Press each piece of dough into a 5×7-inch rectangle. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Roll the dough: Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, remove the dough from the refrigerator and unwrap. Sandwich the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to 1/4-inch thick.

Cut the cookie bottoms: Use a 2-inch fluted round cutter to cut as many rounds from the dough as possible. Place 12 rounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes. Repeat rolling and cutting the dough scraps, chilling the dough if it becomes too soft to get a clean cut. These rounds will be the bottoms of the cookies.

Cut the cookie tops: Roll the remaining rectangle of dough out like the first. Use the 2-inch cutter to make rounds again, then use a 1-inch cutter to make a hole in the center of each round. Remove the center rounds (these can be baked off separately); these will be the tops of the cookies. Place the tops on another parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat rolling and cutting any dough and scraps and chill the cookie tops for 30 minutes.

Heat the oven: While the cookies are chilling, arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat to 350Β°F.

Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies until lightly golden-brown, 9 to 11 minutes. Cool completely before filling.

Fill and decorate: Spread each cookie bottom with 1 teaspoon of raspberry jam and top with a cookie top. Use a fine-mesh strainer and sprinkle the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar just before serving.

 

Recipe Notes

Freezing unassembled: Bake the tops and bottoms of the cookies as instructed, cool completely, and then freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, bring the cookies to room temperature before filling and dusting with powdered sugar.

Freezing assembled: The assembled cookies can also be frozen. Thaw at room temperature before dusting with powdered sugar. Just note that the jam will not freeze solid, so be sure to separate the assembled cookies with a layer of parchment paper in the storage container. Apply powdered sugar after thawing, as the cookies will absorb it as it thaws.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Countdown to Christmas Dec. 15th, 2016

  1. I love these cookies. I have never tried to freeze them but that would make taking them to all the parties so much easier if you just bake them the first week of December and defrost the batches you need for each party!

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