Linzer Cookies

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I have been in full on Christmas baking mode all week.  Holiday baking has always been my favorite!  I make at least one new cookie recipe every year. Some make the cut, and some don’t.  I started making linzer cookies many years ago and they are on my cookie list every year:)!  Shortbread cookies with jam in middle…yum!

I make my own Jammie Dodgers too (FYI they are waaaay better than store bought…just saying wink wink).  Check out my Jammie Dodgers post!

Now let’s get started on these melt in your mouth cookies!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened (226g)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (120g)
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (30ml)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (349g)
  • 1 cup almond flour (110g)
  • ½ cup raspberry jam (or one of your choice)

Instructions:

  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, mix butter on medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl and paddle.  Add sugar and mix to combine. Add egg yolks and mix until combined. Mix in lemon juice, zest and extract.  Whisk flours, cinnamon and salt together.  Add to wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into two and form into 1 inch thick discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface (or between two sheets of parchment) roll out dough into 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out cookies with a 2-inch cookie cutter of your choice and place on the prepared baking sheets allowing at least a one inch space between each cookie.  You should end up with about 48 cookies (24 cookies after they are put together).  Chill the dough in the freezer for 8-10 minutes after cutting and before baking.  The dough will get a little soft while you’re  rolling and cutting the cookies.  Chilling the dough will help the cookies hold their shape:).
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are golden brown around the edges. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  • Fill cooled cookies by spreading jam on the bottom of one cookie and place another on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Freeze for up to a month. Enjoy!

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I hope you make these delicacies, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!

Jammie Dodgers (Linzer Cookies)

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A couple of years ago I started watching youtuber Cupcake Jemma’s videos.  They are not only informative, but she is hilarious and so entertaining!!  Being an American, I enjoy her British slang and accent:)!

I love her recipes!  Jemma has introduced me to a lot of new ingredients and techniques. So many of her cupcakes are inspired by cookies and desserts.  She uses a lot of ingredients and cookies that can’t be found in our local grocery stores here in Cape May County, but there’s a little gourmet shop in Lewes, Delaware (Lewes Gourmet) that carries a lot of British cookies (or biscuits, as they are known), candy, and Lyle’s golden syrup.  This shop was purchased a few years ago by a husband and wife.  The husband is British, hence the merchandise.  I have purchased my baking vanilla there for many years.

Now, back to the reason I made the Jammie Dodger cookies.  Cupcake Jemma made a Jammie Dodger cupcake using the cookie by that name.  I found a small bag of these cookies in the Lewes Gourmet.  I was excited to try one!

I like to have a hot cup of tea at night before I go to bed, so of course I had to try one with my tea.  It was pretty good!

Time passed and the cookies were eaten.  Baking the cupcakes seemed to fade away, but my love for the cookie remained:).  Imagine how excited I was when food blogger Clare Smith @clarescauldron posted her homemade version of these cookies.  They looked amazing and I was sure they tasted even better!

I immediately searched Amazon for a Jammie Dodger cookie cutter, and, you guessed it!  I found the Jammie Dodger cookie cutter and it came with three other biscuit cutters. I can’t wait to make copycats of those too!!

I made homemade strawberry jam and decided to have a shot at making these.  Looking at recipes I realized they are basically a Linzer (shortbread) cookie, so I used my Linzer recipe and I was so happy with how they turned out.  I know a lot of shortbread recipes only have 3 ingredients (butter, confectioners’ sugar and flour), but my recipe uses an egg yolk, almond extract and pure vanilla extract too.  These cookies will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter (165 grams) room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar (80 grams)
  • 1 large egg yolk , room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam to fill cookie (you can use whatever jam or curd you would like)

Directions:

Place the butter in a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment,  and cream for 2 minutes until light and fluffy (scraping bowl and paddle as needed).

Add egg yolk and extracts and mix until combined.

Measure flour and confectioners’ sugar.  Sift together and add to butter/yolk mixture (all at once).  With mixer on low speed, mix just until dough comes together.

Divide dough in half and form into two flat discs.  Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats (I use silicone mats, but parchment works also).

While oven is preheating, remove one of the discs of dough from the refrigerator and roll 1/4″ thick.  Do this on floured surface, using a floured rolling pin.

Cut out 14 cookie bottoms and bake for 10 minutes.  While cookies are baking, roll other dough disc and cut out 14 cookie tops (don’t forget to cut the small heart in the center of the top cookie so you can see the delicious jam peeking through).  Bake cookie tops when the bottoms are finished baking.

Cool completely on wire rack.

Place approximately 1 teaspoon of jam on cookie bottom.  Place cookie top in place and gently press together; sandwiching the jam!

FYI-These cookies are waaay better than any cookie you will purchase in a store!

Enjoy with your beverage of choice.  I’ll be having mine with a nice hot cup of tea:).

Thanks again Clare, for inspiring me to make these delicious “biscuits”!