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Linzer Sandwich Cookies

Linzer Sandwich Cookies

With a lovely raspberry filling, stunning linzer cookies add festive flair to Christmas dessert tables.



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread hazelnuts in ungreased shallow baking pan.
  2. Bake uncovered about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Rub nuts in a kitchen towel to remove loose skins (some skins may not come off); cool 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off oven.
  5. In food processor bowl with metal blade, place nuts and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar . Cover; process with about 10 on-and-off pulses, 2 to 3 seconds each, until nuts are finely ground but not oily.
  6. In small bowl, mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  7. In large bowl, beat butter and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes or until smooth.
  8. Add nut mixture; beat about 1 minute or until mixed. Beat in egg and vanilla. With spoon, stir in flour mixture about 1 minute or just until blended.
  9. Shape dough into 2 balls; flatten each ball into a disk. Wrap separately in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm.
  10. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove 1 dough disk from refrigerator. On well floured surface, roll dough with floured rolling pin until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut with 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter in desired shape.
  11. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts about 1 inch apart.
  12. Roll and cut other half of dough. Using a 1-inch square or round cutter, cut out the center of half of the cookies.
  13. Reroll dough centers and cut out more cookies.
  14. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  15. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.
  16. Cool about 10 minutes.
  17. Lightly sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies with center cutouts. Or drizzle with powdered sugar icing, and sprinkle with colored sugars or decors. Spread about 1 teaspoon raspberry jam over bottom side of each whole cookie. Top with a cutout cookie.
  18. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

prep time 60 min
total time 4 hr
servings 26

Nutritional Information Serving Size: 1 Sandwich Cookie: Calories 170 Calories from Fat 80 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 4 1/2g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 25mg Sodium150mg Total Carbohydrate18g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 7g Protein 2g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 4%

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit: Pillsbury


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