Nutty and spiced Gingerbread Linzer Cookies filled with peach jam are a fancier alternative to regular gingerbread men cookies.
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For Christmas, I wanted to make my gingerbread cookies a little bit more elegant, so I immediately thought about linzer cookies. Linzer cookies are fancy sandwich cookies originating from Austria where the top has a little window cut out so you can see the jam filling. It’s different than a regular sandwich cookie because the dough has ground nuts, so I played around with hazelnuts. The result? Soft and spiced, just like gingerbread.
My first attempt resulted in a successful cookie after playing around with my favorite linzer cookie recipe from Dorie Greenspan; however, you couldn’t taste any ginger or molasses to justify calling them gingerbread. For my second attempt, I decided to take a traditional gingerbread recipe and substitute ground hazelnuts for some of the flour, resulting in the cookies you see here.
Linzer cookies almost always use jam for the filling, so I used peach to complement the cookie. You could also use cherry or even raspberry. I bet orange marmalade would work great too.
Normally you would dust the tops in powdered sugar, but I used up the last bit that weekend and wasn’t driving 30 minutes round trip to the store just for one item. It’s times like these where I wish I lived with someone to run errands while I finished baking.
It's important to keep the dough as cold as possible when cutting and baking. Cold dough minimizes spreading.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, hazelnuts, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
- In another large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and molasses. Gradually beat in the flour mixture until incorporated.
- Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least two hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Working with one dough half at a time, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch on a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes using a 2.5-inch cookie cutter. If the dough gets too warm, refrigerate until cold again. Place the shapes on the cookie sheets roughly 1 inch apart. Refrigerate the trays for 15 minutes. It's important to keep the dough cold to minimize spreading.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until firm on the edges. Immediately cut a circle into half of the cookies (I used the back of a piping tip for perfect circles). Cool 2 minutes on the tray then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- When the cookies are completely cooled, place 1 teaspoon of jam onto the solid cookies. Top with the cookies with the holes.
Source: Adapted from Joy Of Baking
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- Santa’s Favorite Holiday Bark by The Weekend Gourmet
- Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce by See Aimee Cook
- Bourbon Barrels by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Toasted Almond Shortbread by The Messy Baker
- Midori Melon Cupcakes by Ninja Baking
- Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti by Noshing With The Nolands
- Wine Poached Pear and Almond Rugelach by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Bebinca – Layered Goan Cake by Masala Herb
- Artichoke Dip Tarts by Food Lust People Love
- Layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Peanut Brittle by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Chocolate Dipped Baked Potato Chips by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Chocolate Chip Collapsidies by Try Anything Once Culinary
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