Thursday, May 9, 2013

Linzer cookie recipe

One of the magical characteristics of cookies/ biscuits is that they can transform into any shape you desire, just by refrigerating the cookie dough for an hour. I have bought a cookie cutter set that comes with various fun shapes and decided to try it out when I was baking these linzer cookies. And since Mother's Day is just around the corner, how about giving this recipe a crack for an inexpensive but yet thoughtful present that is made from love? :)

200g butter, softened
100g icing sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
250g plain flour

Mix all the ingredients, except the plain flour together until well combined. Fold in the flour and place the bowl in the fridge for an hour. Roll out the dough until you get an even thickness of about half a centimeter and then use your favourite large and small cookie cutter!

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 150C. If the cookie shape gets distorted slightly in the oven, quickly use the same cookie cutter ring to reshape it (the cookie is still soft once it exits the oven but you will have to work fast!).

Place half a jar of jam (strawberry/apricot/blueberry/apple etc etc) in a saucepan and place it over low heat. The jam will slowly transform into a semi-solid/liquid state and when that happens, remove from heat. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before spreading on one side of the baked cookie.

For decoration purposes, dust some icing sugar on the cookies before sandwiching them together.

Easy, inexpensive, yummy and most importantly, thoughtful! :)

Do not get overexcited and cut hearts out of all the cookie pieces! Remember, you need a few pieces as the base. Overall, I have made about 15 pairs of cookies. Not too bad at all:)

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