Raspberry Linzer Cookies

by Kiran on December 12, 2014 · 27 comments

in Baking, Christmas, Cookies

One of my fondest childhood memories has to be celebrating Christmas. I feel fortunate enough to have been nurtured in a society that celebrates different religions, cultures and rituals.

And growing up in a joint family with my cousins had some colorful advantages. Like when we all would insist to put up a Christmas tree one year.

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It wasn’t a grand celebration but we insisted for a small tree, some homemade cookies and presents. We couldn’t afford it all so we had to DIY a lot and that was so much fun! I mean, in a joint family with an aunt, uncle and cousins — each and everyone brainstorming wonderful ideas — the results were pretty impressive!

I want it all back, I want to be in the past just to appreciate it all better 🙂

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I recall decorating a small tree, with pieces of raw cotton to act as snow. Colorful cardboard cutouts in various shapes acted as ornaments. Shiny ribbons made it festive and reusable Diwali lights lit up the tree at night.

It was magical and we were just kids having so much fun, soaking it all up! Including inhaling these wonderful linzer cookies. Oh, the memories 🙂

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Makes 30 to 32 sandwiched cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1.5 cups of almond flour/meal, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 sticks (6 oz) of butter, unsalted and softened at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • confectioner/powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or silpat. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle, add softened butter and sugar. Cream on medium speed until light, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add an egg and vanilla extract. On low speed, stir just to combine.
  4. Sift all the dry ingredients (flours and salt) in a large bowl. Add it all into the stand mixer.
  5. Cream cookie dough on medium speed until just combined.
  6. Divide cookie dough onto two cling wraps, form it into flatten disks and refrigerated for at least an hour.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of chilled dough to a 1/8 inch thickness (keep remaining dough chilled). If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap and chill until firm.
  8. Using a round or fluted cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible from the dough into rounds and place on parchment lined cookie sheets, arranging about 1 inch apart.
  9. Using smaller decorative center cutters, cut out centers from half of cookies.
  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets, before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  11. Dust confectioners’ sugar on the cookies with holes. Spread 1/2 tsp of raspberry jam on the remaining cookies and sandwich it with the confectioners’ sugar covered cookies.
  12. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  13. Enjoy cookies with a side of hot tea or coffee. Merry Christmas!

 

Raspberry Linzer Cookies | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends and a very Happy and Merry Christmas!! 🙂

What were your childhood Christmas memories?

 

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1 Sophie December 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Lovely tasty special cut-out cookies dear Kiran!
Yum yum yumm,…Fantastic cool pictures too! x
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2 Kiran December 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Thanks so much, Sophie! xo

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3 charul @ tadka masala December 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM

decorating the tree with cotton shreds, pretending it was snow.. i guess thats something we all have enjoyed. i remember making christmas tree with colored papers n what not and the cake that my friend’s mom used to bake. i want all that back, esp that cake! 😀

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4 Kiran December 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

At least you had cake, back then. We had to make do with just a tree 😀

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5 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You December 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I am not a fan of cookies… There are a few that I enjoy a lot though… and one of them is linzer cookies! Yours are festive and quite delish.

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6 Kiran December 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Denise — i’m glad you at least enjoy some cookies, if not all 😉

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7 Rosa December 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Delightful little cookies! So dainty and delicious.

Great clicks.

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Kiran December 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Thanks Rosa! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 🙂

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9 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

you guys are one creative bunch there…i love linzer cookies a lot – esp with a good filling. I did not celebrate xmas while growing but i love the holiday season.
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10 Kiran December 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

haha… we were a bunch of trouble-makers back then! Happy Holidays 🙂

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11 Angie@Angie's Recipes December 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

They are so pretty and christmasy!
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12 Kiran December 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Thanks Angie! xo

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13 Choc Chip Uru December 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I love linzer cookies they are so festive 😀
Delicious!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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14 Kiran December 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Indeed 🙂

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15 Lizzy (Good Things) December 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Just beautiful!

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16 Kiran December 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Thanks Lizzy!

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17 Alice December 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Such beauties Kiran. Thank you for letting us inside this magical time of the year with your family and especially for the eye candy, that is these beautiful Linzer cookies. It’s such a lovely time of the year isn’t it 🙂
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18 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

I’ve always loved the look of linzer cookies, these are just beautiful!
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19 Nidhi@peppergarlickitchen December 14, 2014 at 5:48 AM

I stumbled on you blog today..beautiful pictures really..Merry Christmas 🙂
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20 Asha December 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

They are beautiful Kiran. The pictures are just stunningly festive.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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21 Kathryn December 15, 2014 at 6:19 AM

What you say about wanting to be in the past to appreciate it better is so, so true. I hope baking these cookies helped to transport you back there : )
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22 Raymund December 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Very festive cookies, love it. Nice for giveaways as well
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23 Kitchen Belleicious December 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM

These are beautiful and festive and fun and they look so darn delicious. I love that the raspberry flavor is the main sweet ingredient. SOO GOOD!

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24 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen December 16, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Isn’t that always the case, we never appreciate those wonderful family moments until they are long behind us!
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25 John@Kitchen Riffs December 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Fun pictures, great recipe! Terrific cookie. Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
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26 rebecca December 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

these look perfect one of my fav cookies, Merry Christmas
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27 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ December 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM

What a sweet story comes out of your childhood memories! The cookies are stunning too. The way you described how you and your cousins decorated a small Christmas three is truly heart-warming.
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