These tender Linzer cookies are a holiday tradition in Austria. The decorative cut-out on the top cookie allows the filling to peek through.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
Small decorator candies, if desired
White decorator gel, if desired
3 tablespoons seedless raspberry or apricot jam
*Substitute rum or orange flavoring.
Combine butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, almond flavoring and salt in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutters. Cut out center from half of cookies using smaller decorative cookie cutter. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Place cooled cookies with center cut-out onto waxed paper; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Decorate with small candies attached with decorator gel, if desired. Spread bottom-side of cookies without cut-out with 1/4 teaspoon jam. Top with center cut-out cookie, powdered sugar-side up.
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Linzer Sandwich Cookies How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix
- You can use any shape cookie cutter to make a linzer cookie. Be sure to cut 2 of the same shape for each sandwich cookie. Use a mini cookie cutter, the base of a pastry tube, or even a straw to cut center from 1 cookie to form top cookie.
- The small center cut-outs of dough can be baked at 350°F, 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
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