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.
- The small center cut-outs of dough can be baked at 350°F, 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
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These turned out great! I didn’t have powdered sugar to blend in with the other ingredients so I used what sugar I did have which was a superfine pure cane sugar, quick dissolve, and they still turned out great.
I didn’t have powdered sugar to mix in with the other ingredients so I used what I had (superfine quick dissolve pure cane sugar).
These Linzer cookies are incredible. Yes, they are work, but the outcome of the taste, consistency and appearance make it all worthwhile. Land O' Lakes... you rock! I have been a cookie snob/connoisseur for many decades and this is one of the best cookies I've ever had or made. Better than most high-end gourmet cookie establishments. Thank you for the recipe!
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