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Originally from the Austrian city of Linz, the recipe for Linzer Cookies has crossed borders to become a sweet that It is prepared almost everywhere. And it is not for less, because they are so beautiful that it is a pity to eat them. Its preparation, although easy, is somewhat laborious, but it is worth the effort to enjoy the taste and presence of these flirty cookies.
There are several versions of Linzer cookies: some with almonds and others without it. The majority of German and Austrian recipes that I consulted to make my version did not incorporate this nut, so I decided to do without it.
On the other hand, jam filling is a constant in all of them. The ones you see in the photos have homemade cherry jam, a very popular fruit in Central Europe, but you can use your favorite berry jam. In fact it is also usual to fill them with apricot jam.
Yes, as happened to me, you have fallen in love with these cookies as soon as you see them and you want the recipe, right now I explain to you how to make homemade Linzer cookies ].
Ingredients for making Linzer cookies. Amounts for approximately 30 units
- 350 g of wheat flour
- 200 g of butter
- 100 g of icing sugar
- 1 egg M
- 1 teaspoon of essence or vanilla paste
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 170 g approximately of red fruit jam
- icing sugar for decorating
How to make Linzer cookies. Step by step preparation
- All ingredients should be at room temperature. This way the dough is not cut.
- To make the cookies that you see in the pictures I used an electric wire whisk. You can also use a mixer or the food processor you have at home. They can even be made by hand.
- For this recipe, in addition to the cookie cutter that you usually use to make cookies, you will need another smaller size to remove the central hole. If you do not have one you can use a plug that is small, for example.
Prepare the Linzer cookie dough
- Beat the butter with the sugar until the mixture turns a whitish color.
- Next add the egg and return to Mix everything well.
- Add the salt the zest of lemon and the vanilla . Beat again
- Add sieved flour with the help of a spatula until the dough has completely absorbed it.
- Form a ball with the dough and leave it to rest about 15 minutes in the fridge to take consistency.
Bake the Linzer cookies
- Stretch the dough with the help of a rolling pin. To make it easier, divide the dough into two and stretch it between two sheets of baking paper. Ideally, the thickness should be uniform and have 3 or 4 mm thick .
- Once you have the two sheets stretched, refrigerate the dough for at least a half hour for that is firm and can be cut well. You can also put it about 15 minutes in the freezer to accelerate the process. The exact time will depend on the ambient temperature; the important thing is that the dough is cold and firm.
- Cut the cookies with a pastry cutter. Half of them make the hole in the center. You can take the dough cuttings and stretch and cool them again to repeat the process.
- Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes at about 170 ° C ] You'll know they're made when the edges start to brown. Being finite takes very little time to be done, so be careful not to burn them.
- When ready, remove them from the oven, remove them carefully and let them cool on a rack.
Fill the Linzer cookies
- You just have to mount them. On the one hand, cover with cookies the cookies that do not have a hole. Put a little more in the center so that when they are covered, the jam is flush with the surface of the cookie.
- On the other hand, sprinkle icing sugar on the cookies that have the hole until they are well covered.
- Finally, take the cookies with sugar carefully and cover them with jam. Press lightly so they stick together.
Tips for preparing Linzer biscuits
- To care for the presentation of the Linzer pastes it is important to stretch the dough with a uniform thickness. As I said above I usually use some guides, but there are also some rollers with stops that do the same function.
- The other fundamental point so that the cookies are nice is that the dough is very cold when we cut it. This way, the cookies do not lose shape during baking.
- Remember to correctly stretch and cool the dough you have left over when cutting the cookies.