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Linzer Cookies

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This recipe uses the Ducan Hines Golden Sugar Cookie Mix that comes with a butter packet. If your mix doesn't have the butter packet, simply add the amount of butter that is specified in the directions on the box.

Makes about 22

1 package Duncan Hines Golden Sugar Cookie Mix
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 finely ground almonds
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon seedless red raspberry jam, warmed

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine cookie mix, contents of buttery flavor from mix, flour, almonds, egg and water in large bowl. Stir with spoon until blended. Roll dough 1/8 thick on lightly floured board. Cut out 3" shapes with cookie cutter. Take half those cookies and cut out the centers with a smaller cookie cutter. Place the whole cookies 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 8-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Place the hollow cookies on another baking sheet (or if you use the same baking sheet, make sure it has cooled completely before placing the cookies on it) and bake them for 6-7 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely. Dust the hollow cookies with sifted powdered sugar. Spread warm jam over whole cookies almost to the edge and place the hollow cookies on top, powdered-sugar side up. Press lightly. Fill the hole with 1/4 teaspoon jam. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

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Reviews of Linzer Cookies:

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  A cookie baker in Suffern, NY  Nov 27, 2003
Would make this again.
I recently baked these Linzer cookies. I found the recipe quite simple and the entire family enjoyed them. I plan to make them for our yearly Christmas Cookie exchange. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Rockland, NY  Apr 16, 2003
Would make this again.
I made the Linzer Cookies for one of our morning breakfasts at work. Everyone comented on how beautiful they looked, and how delicious they are. I was asked where I purchased them. I mentioned that the cookies were home baked, they were the buzz for the day. I shared the recipe with my co-workers. It's a month later, coments are still made about how great they were, I am asked for tips, and when will I be making the Linzer cookies again. I will be making the cookies for Easter dessert! ....and a few extras!! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Charleston, WV  Feb 14, 2003
Would make this again.
Great recipe! I have tried making linzer cookies before with little success. Not so with this recipe, I had terrific results. These do take a little time but the end product is a very impressive cookie.

Watch the cookies very carefully .. as soon as they start to brown it is time to remove them, otherwise the cookie will become too crisp and not look so pretty.

For the last step of filling the holes with jam, place your warm jam in a ziploc back and clip the corner of the bag. This works great to fill the centers. The warm jam will level out beautifully.

The cookies do need to sit for at least a couple hours to allow the jam to set and the sandwich cookie to "meld" together.
5 stars

  A cookie baker in Upstate NY  Dec 16, 2002
Would make this again.
While on vacation in Austria, I had
the best Linzer cookies from one of the
bakeries in town. I wanted to recreate
the spectacular presentation and taste of this type of cookie for Christmas.

I first used a complicated recipe I found at another site (it had no flavor and the cookie looked gray!) and then came across this recipe. NOTE: the newer Duncan Heinz sugar cookie mix doesn't contain a butter pouch, so be sure to add the butter that the mix calls for. Also, make sure you use blanched almonds (no skins - you'll have to boil the nuts for a minute and then peel the skins off) and roast them (once you've removed the skins, roast them on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes).

Cutting the cookie and assembling it can be pretty time-consuming, but if you like the artistic aspect of cookie-making, this is kind of fun. I used all different kinds of cookie cutters for some Christmas variety.

The cookies are better the next day, after the jam has had time to set.

Otherwise, this is probably as simple as you're going to get when it comes to a fool-proof Linzer cookie recipe. And yes, it was close to the Linzer cookies I had in Austria, but of course those were the best.
5 stars

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