Love is in the air in the month of February, and you can see valentine gifts everywhere in all shops. I usually make sure to bake some cookies and cakes for Valentine; this month too I planned a few recipes, and d as always I was not able to finish in time. I choose Linzer cookies for this month Baking Partners Challenge. I was not intending to select recipe for this month. However the person I asked to share the recipe was not able to share one with step by step pictures as I wanted. So in the last minute I tried this Linzer cookies and Heart shaped crunchy seed cookies.
These Linzer Cookies are actually a modification of the famous Linzer Torte, which is named for the city of Linz, Austria and is the oldest-known torte in the world. The recipe was found in 1653 in the archive of the Admont Abbey in Austria. The Linzer Torte has a lattice design on top of the pastry and the dough is made with ground nuts, usually hazelnuts, sometimes almonds or walnuts and is filled with black or red currant preserves.
Linzer cookies use the same recipe as the Linzertorte for the dough, which is then cut into cookies. In the Linzer cookies, two cookies sandwich the preserves. Also the top of the cookie has a small cutout in its center (known as Linzer eyes), thus exposing the underlying jam and adding to the visual appeal. While the traditional cutout is circular, all sorts of shapes, such as hearts, are also popular. Since it is Valentine month I used heart shaped cut out to make Linzer eyes.
I didn’t have hazelnuts in my hand so used blanched almonds. This recipe is a modified from Adapted from Alice Medrich, Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy. I changed it slightly as I am skeptical about pulsing the all nuts, flour and spices together. I first made almond meal and then incorporated with flour, butter, spices. Best thing is it has both lemon/lime zest and orange zest, it imparts huge flavor along with almond extract. I made the cookies first day and refrigerate the dough overnight and then made cookies next day. As Alice said, I sandwiched cookies only when I was ready to serve. I bought Wilton Linzer cookie cutter for this bought from bed and bath beyond.
Only thing you need to make sure while cutting is that lightly flour the surface to prevent from sticking. This recipe is eggless you can also make it gluten and vegan free. Here comes the recipe.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.