recipe | sweet linzers for your Valentine

Monday, February 13, 2012


During my senior year at college, a package arrived one day.  If you've ever been away at college, you know how few and far between (and so appreciated) packages are.  Inside was a bundle of these sweet linzer cookies from my dear friend Wendy.  Word spread quickly, and I was the most popular girl on my floor that afternoon; everyone wanted a homemade cookie.

I asked Wendy if we could make a Valentine's version of these special cookies, and she readily agreed.  So this Saturday, we set up camp in her kitchen and baked//styled to our hearts' content.




Ingredients
- 3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- raspberry preserves
- confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined.  Add the vanilla.  In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture.  Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.  Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter.  With half of the rounds, cut a heart out of the middle with a 1-inch heart cutter (Wendy made ours by reshaping a metal cookie cutter!).  Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.

Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie.  Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners' sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confectioners' sugar on the top.

Recipe from Ina Garten's the barefoot contessa cookbook.




You still have time to make these pretty little cookies and surprise your loved one for Valentine's Day tomorrow!  Serve with some coffee or tea, snuggle up and watch a romantic comedy.  Or bring your best friend a package tied up with red and white twine.

I hope you enjoy these sweet Valentine's linzer cookies!!  If you're still looking for other ideas for Valentines Day, consider making painted watercolor valentines, delicious chocolate cupcakes, or breakfast in bed for your loved one.

Happy Monday!

till tomorrow,
Rebecca

26 comment(s) - I love hearing from you!:

  1. ouch they look √ĎAMIIIIIIIIIII.. i will try to something like that during the weekend

    MMMMM

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  2. These are beautiful and I know they are YUMMY!

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  3. Oh yum, I love linzer cookies! Have you ever tried them with Nutella filling? They are AMAZING.

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  4. I had some last night! They were awesome!

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  5. The photos are absolutely stunning Rebecca and the cookies look pretty decadent too. xoxo

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  6. Oh, swoon! Those are the best! I tried making these one and didn't love how they turned out. I will try this recipe. Thank you for sharing, friend.

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  7. Looks delicious! And as usual your photos are just fantastic!

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  8. so pretty! My mouth is watering over here... forget giving these away :)

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  9. Wow these look so good! And such lovely photos! If I would get these for Valentine I would love it :)

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  10. Lisa, you could always give James a subtle hint ;)

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  11. These look amazing!!!! My sweet tooth is going crazy right now.

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  12. My local bakery makes these cookies which I am crazy for - they are so good they should be allowed to be eaten at any time of the year, not just at valentine's :) I've always wanted to make them myself so thanks for supplying the recipe!!

    Also - I have to tell you that the 'best ever icing' that you were talking about on Friday is ACTUALLY the BEST EVER icing and was a total success... I made it and literally said, out loud, "oh, my, god." Thanks so much for sharing and bringing to our attention! It was a hit at the party I went to (and the cake recipe I used was the Hellman's chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe which is also pretty epic!)

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  13. these look almost too cute to eat, and your photos (as usual!) are gorgeous. what a fun project for vday - i may have to grab my apron and try this one... also great for any holiday really, if you up the shape in the middle. im thinking stars for 4th of july, trees for xmas, etc... so fun!

    xx shari ana

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  14. so sweet! i especially love the photography and packaging! {im such a sucker for red and white striped cotton twine}

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  15. Michaela, I'm so so happy you LOVED the frosting. It's fun to spread the frosting love, right? :)

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  16. Those are too pretty to eat (almost!). I so wanted to make some Valentine's sugar cookies but sadly ran out of time. Oh, and I still get unreasonably giddy at packages in the mail! :)

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  17. Oh wow, what delightful cookies they are. I'm saving this recipe to try one day.

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  18. Beautiful! So, so, so beautiful!

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  19. what a sweet treat. will keep in mind for next year!

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  20. These look so yummy! How did you make your photos have that gray hue over them?

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  21. I mean, duh, the cookies look delish. But this photography and styling is just amazing.

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  22. um, YUM! These look amazing and such pretty photos! Happy Valentine's Day!! xo

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  24. Great minds think alike. I made Linzer cookies for my valentine's party as well. Just found your blog - I lOVE it! I'm now following your blog!

    Here's my recipe for linzer cookies:

    http://oleanderandpalm.blogspot.com/2012/02/vintage-valentine-cake-pops-and-linzer.html

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