Linzer Cookies

These raspberry jam-filled treats are a light and flavorful change from your usual holiday cookies.
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These raspberry jam-filled treats are a light and flavorful change from your usual holiday cookies. Made with Hood sour cream, linzer cookies taste even better than they look. Star-shaped cookie cutters add a festive flair that make them all the more fun to make.

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Ingredients

  • 6  Tablespoons  Hood Sour Cream
  • 1  Cup  unsalted butter
  • 1  Cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • egg
  • 3  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  Cup  seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/4  Cup  powdered sugar, optional
  • Star-shaped cookie cutters, one large and one small, for center cutout
  • Parchment paper

Directions

In an electric mixer on high speed, cream together 6 tablespoons of sour cream, butter, sugar and salt. Turn the mixer off. Scrape down the bowl and return the mixer to high speed. Add the vanilla and the egg and combine thoroughly. Scrape down the bowl again. Sift the flour and baking soda together into a separate bowl.

Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the flour mixture until just combined. Separate dough into two balls, wrap dough in wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll out one portion of cookie dough to 1/8 inch thickness, refrigerate. Roll out second portion of cookie dough to 1/8" thickness, refrigerate. Remove first rolled out dough from refrigerator, cut out large stars. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, return to refrigerator.

Remove second rolled out dough from refrigerator, cut out large stars, then cut out smaller star from the center of the large star. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheets into the center of the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Immediately place the cookies on a cooling rack.

Allow them to cool completely before filling with jam. Heat jam in a small saucepan until warm, brush bottom star cookie with jam, place cutout star cookie on top and fill center star cutout with more jam. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Allow to cool completely before storing.

 

 

 

Cookie Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Cookie Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

Cookie Wine Pairing

Milk is more traditional with cookies than wine in the U.S., but a few cookies and a glass of sweet wine make a simple, enjoyable dessert. Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based cookies; sauternes or sweet German wines with sugar cookies; cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts; Italian vin santo with biscotti.