Sunday, February 2, 2014

Linzer Cookies / Ina Garten / The Barefoot Contessa. A great Cookie for Valentine's Day

Anne wanted to make Linzer Cookies today, she recently bought a great Wilton Linzer Cookie Cutter, 2.25" X 2.25" scalloped square.  Adjust baking time if you have a larger cutter.It's basically an all in one cutter , it cuts the square and the center all at once. 
It includes 6 different center design cut outs, Heart, Star, Scalloped Flower, Triangle, Diamond and Circle. You can use a variety of Jams in the center. These are a sandwiched cookie where the top and bottom are baked separately and the Jam is spread onto the bottom cookie and topped with the top cookie.
Since they don't have eggs in the recipe , they're basically a shortbread cookie.
She chose to use Ina Garten's recipe so I simply copied it onto the blog.

3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup good raspberry preserves
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter. With 1/2 of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a heart or spade shaped cutter. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes. (my wife said that if you don't chill the cookies on the baking sheet, bake them around 15 minutes only) They have an amazing butter aroma when they come out of the oven.

Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners' sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confectioners' sugar on the top.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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