Gingerbread Linzer Cookies #ChristmasWeek

Nutty and spiced Gingerbread Linzer Cookies filled with peach jam are a fancier alternative to regular gingerbread men cookies.


Gingerbread Linzer 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.


Gingerbread Linzer Cookies

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.


Gingerbread Linzer Cookies

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.


Gingerbread Linzer Cookies

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.
Gingerbread Linzer Cookies
 
It's important to keep the dough as cold as possible when cutting and baking. Cold dough minimizes spreading.
Author:
Serves: 1 1/2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground toasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cups molasses
  • 6 tablespoons peach jam
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, hazelnuts, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  2. 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.
  3. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least two hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  1. Well, these look familiar…AND delicious!

    Happy day #3! (mmmmm…I wish I had more)

  2. Those look fantastic and I have to say I am intrigued. I wonder how they taste. Thanks for sharing your recipe Carla!

  3. Definitely a recipe I will try!

  4. I need bottles for my home made vanilla extract I use as Christmas gifts! This would be a great opportunity to get them!

  5. I don’t think I have seen these with gingerbread before, great idea!!

  6. I am glad you didn’t have the powdered sugar, Carla, because the peach jam shines through! What a great flavor combination. I love these cookies!

  7. I love that you combined peach jam with ginger cookies! Sounds like an amazing combo…and darn cute cookies, too!

  8. I’d buy the plastic spice jars.

  9. Picture perfect and scrumptious looking indeed, Carla. Looks like your efforts definitely paid off!

  10. I love this take on traditional linzer cookies! Way better with gingerbread!

  11. This is why you need to live in the city where you have a market around the corner to pick up your powdered sugar! I digress, love the addition of the hazelnuts to these.

  12. I think they are gorgeous even without powdered sugar! :)

  13. Debbie Jackson says:

    I would get seamless tins in gold

  14. oooh la la, SO fancy!
    so pretttyyyy!

  15. Terri Hughes says:

    I would buy the spice jars. Thanks!

  16. Oh, I would totally order a bunch of spice jars. I’m about to redo my kitchen, and I’ll finally have a real spice cabinet!!

  17. These look amazing Carla. I love how soft they look. I can just imagine biting into them.

    Trust me having peeps to drive to the store is a blessing and a curse. I ask hubs to go and an hour later I get the ingredient I needed asap. We live in a small town so he can’t go anywhere without running into family or friends from high school. A 5 minute errands takes 1 to 2 hours. Lol.

  18. I would start with some mason jars!

  19. I like the mason jar jugs.

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