Monday, May 5, 2014

Raspberry Linzer Cookie Hearts for Mom

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When it comes to my sweet tooth I take after my dad, he could eat cookies morning, noon and night and has been known to have them instead of a meal. I will admit to doing the same. 

My mom, on the other hand, enjoys sweets, but feels that the treat must be totally worth the calories or she wont bother. So, I laughed when she told me that she skipped dinner because she had eaten too many of these Raspberry Linzer Cookies. 

I gave her four of these large heart shaped cookies at her birthday lunch yesterday and by dinner there was only one left in the box. I'm guessing by the time their heads hit the pillow the box was empty. I don't blame them. These cookies are that good. 

Raspberry Linzer Cookies for Mother's Day | HungryHappenings.com

The first time I tried the recipe for these Raspberry Linzer Cookies I brought them to my parent's monthly game night. The cookies were gone before the games even began. I noticed my mom had eaten one, then wrapped one up to save for later. I knew that meant she really liked the cookies. 

The linzer cookie recipe came from Joy of Baking.com and being it worked so well, I'm sure I'll never bother trying out any other recipes. The combination of almonds, lemon and hint of cinnamon is really wonderful. The cookies are great all on their own, but when raspberry jam is sandwiched in between two of them and a dusting of powdered sugar is added, it makes for an ethereal treat. Just the kind that will make my mom skip dinner. 

Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies for Mother's Day

Raspberry Linzer Cookie Hearts (makes 6 large sandwich cookies)
     adapted from Joy of Baking.com

PRINTABLE VERSION OF RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 cup blanched almond slivers
1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup
2 cups all purpose flour (260 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large egg yolks

powdered sugar, to dust over cookies
1/2 -3/4 cup raspberry jam

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread almonds out on a baking sheet, and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Allow nuts to cool completely.

Combine almonds and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely ground.

Whisk flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest together.

Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar then add the vanilla and egg yolks and mix until combined. Stir in the almonds and mix thoroughly. Add flour and mix just until combined.

Remove half the dough from the bowl, flatten into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with remaining dough.

Linzer Cookie Hearts

Dust work surface with some flour. Roll cookie dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut using a 5 or 6 inch heart shaped cookie cutter. Move cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet. 

Use small cookie cutters to cut out "I (heart) Mom" into half of the cookies.

Bake for about 15 minutes. The edges of the cookies should just turn lightly golden brown.

Raspberry Jam filled Cookie Hearts

Allow the cookies to cool completely, then dust the "I (heart) MOM" cookies with powdered sugar. Spread raspberry jam on the remaining cookies. Place one cut-out cookie on top of the jam and gently sandwich the cookies together.  

Mother's Day Cookies

If you want crunchy cookies, fill these the day you want to serve them, otherwise you can make them and refrigerate them for up to 4 days, but the cookies will get soft. They are wonderful either way. I think I actually like them just a bit better soft.

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12 comments:

  1. I love linzer cookies and these are just adorable! What a great idea for Mother's Day!

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    1. I have just recently discovered these cookies and love them too!

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  2. They look just awesome! This mother's day I was not with my mom, but I think I'll bake something like this next time I'm visiting her.

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    1. I was so happy that my mom enjoyed her cookies. I don't often bake for her, but am always happy to make her sweet treats that she really enjoys.

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  3. It's a good thing these cookies aren't in front of me right now...they would all be gone! Such a cute way to say Happy Mother's Day!

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  4. Oh I Love this cookie design! I have never made (let alone eaten) a linzer cookie. I bought a linzer cutter set last year and just have never gotten around to it. The fact that you made your own design..with Mom and hearts..is so adorable! And who doesn't love almonds, lemon and cinnamon? Happy Mother's Day to you and your Mom. :)

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    1. I hadn't had a linzer cookie until recently and have really fallen in love with them. I highly recommend trying this recipe.

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  5. We might be related ... cookies are the best ... add a glass of milk and you have a complete meal! I love the 'big' heart ... no wimpy little cookies for Mom!

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  6. Oh these are so cute!!!!!!!!!!! I make Linzer cookies all the time, in fact I made some last week again! But I love the little message on these, just adorable!!!

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    1. I'm so glad I finally discovered Linzer Cookies. They are so good. I can see why you make them so often:)

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