Valentine Linzer Cookies

February 14, 2009

Valentine Linzer Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have some Austrian Linzer Cookies for you today. These cookies are nothing short of grand – a sweet and tangy lime and strawberry preserve sandwiched between almond rich, crumbly and buttery cookies. Although you could make them any shape you like, now seems like the perfect time for sweetheart cookies and pretty pink preseve!

The cookies have a wonderfully nutty fragrance with a whole lot of hazenuts and almonds adding their characteristic richness. What I like best about these cookies is that they are simple, delicate and gorgeous to look at. I’ve never made these before and when I saw these cookies on Elise’s blog I just had to make them, for I knew I couldn’t go wrong with her absolutely foolproof recipe and method.

Valentine Linzer Cookies

Valentine Linzer Cookies Recipe
Yield: 20-24 cookies
Adapted from: Simply Recipes

3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup finely ground almonds
1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 ounces strawberry preserve
Powdered sugar for dusting

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla.
  2. Mix in the ground nuts.
  3. Stir together dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with the wet mixture to form the dough. Roll into disks, wrap and chill.
  4. Roll out dough and cut the cookies in desired shape. Make sure you freeze this for a few minutes before transferring, lest the cookie break apart.
  5. Cut out the base cookie shapes. Cut out the centers of half the disks with a smaller cookie cutter shape. Re-roll scraps and repeat.
  6. In a preheated oven at 350°F/175°C bake for 12 minutes or until edges turn golden. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Heat the preserve and spread the solid disks with a layer of the hot preserves. Make sure to steer clear of the edges since we don’t want the preserve oozing out. Place the top layer cookie over the bottom, pressing down lightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, then fill the holes with more preserves.
Valentine Linzer Cookies

Serving suggestions:
Ice cream -always a fun option!
Else strawberries, like I did.
Now I’m thinking white chocolate mousse. Mmmm.

Verdict:
It’s usually very hard to please my mum with my baked goodies because this is not the kind of food she has grown up with. Her’s is a more Indian palate that craves spice and strong flavours. She gave the cookie two thumbs up – I’ve my bets on the nuts which add the richness. Just one change that I’m going to keep in mind – use hazenut. I absolutely *love* them!

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Still craving for more Cookie Recipes?!
Nutella Pinwheel Cookies
Black Forest Cookies
Buttery Buckwheat Nibby Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Milan Cookies
Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 plutosangel February 14, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Ooo nice! really nice! happy valentines day! :)

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2 Elle February 14, 2009 at 1:14 AM

they’re gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to make these, but I’m not the greatest when it comes to cut-out cookies.

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3 Shaheen February 14, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Plutosangel: Thanks! And aren’t you supposed to be studying? :P

Elle: Now why that fear of cut out cookies? Must give it a go and get it out of your head that a cookie cuter is not your best friend.

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4 Chez US February 14, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! These are beautiful. I have always wanted to make them but have not yet. I just got some Christmas cutters from the year end sales – Christmas 2009!

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5 Yasmeen February 14, 2009 at 4:05 AM

oh how pretty:)
please trail back to my blog for a
token of gratitude:)

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6 Pearl February 14, 2009 at 6:14 AM

oh boy. now you’ve inspired me to bake, again.

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7 Shaheen February 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Chez US: This

Yasmeen: Thank you for the award! :)

Pearl: Heheh. Go bake!

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8 Poornima Nair February 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Heyyy Shaheen…first time at your blog and its awesome…love the recipes….thanks for your comment…

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9 Helen Yuet Ling Pang February 15, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Wow, these look stunning. Are you sure you aren’t a professional baker?

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10 Shaheen February 15, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Thanks, Poornima. :)

Helen, I’m grinning from ear to ear! Hehehe. I’m so flattered :D

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11 chuck February 15, 2009 at 1:49 AM

These cookies are simply wonderful. I love the photos. They make them look even more delicious!

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12 Jude February 15, 2009 at 1:54 AM

Turned out perfectly! I’ll have a few of those little heart cutouts, too.

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13 Shaheen February 15, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Thanks, Chuck! And come over Jude, I’m making some more of these tomorrow. :)

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14 pigpigscorner February 16, 2009 at 12:53 AM

aww they look so sweet…lovely presentation and great pictures!

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15 RecipeGirl February 17, 2009 at 1:39 AM

These turned out to be absolutely gorgeous!! I love that you baked up the little teeny hearts too :)

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16 Lo February 18, 2009 at 4:09 AM

Gorgeous… I’m thinking I could use a nice batch of cookies rigth about now.

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17 Donna-FFW February 18, 2009 at 6:48 AM

These are so elegantly beautiful. I bet they taste just perfect, too. How very talented you are!

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18 Shaheen February 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Thanks for all your encouraging comments, guys! :)

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19 Kitchen Flavours February 18, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Wow awesome…..

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20 Cynthia February 19, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Very elegantly presented.

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21 Andrea at Nummy Kitchen February 19, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Beautiful! Linzer cookies are one of my favorites. I love your little star shaped bowl with strawberries, you are so talented with your food photography, everything looks amazing :)

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22 Shari@Whisk: a food blog February 19, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Those look so pretty!

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23 Anonymous February 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

yummy yummy….
Come bak soon n start baking…
:)

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24 Anonymous March 19, 2009 at 3:30 AM

YUMMY RECIPES

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25 Divya Vikram March 31, 2009 at 4:45 AM

Too pretty to be eaten!!

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26 Farah January 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

i just made the dough for these (thank you for the recipe)to chill overnight and came back to read the recipe and realized i used baking soda instead of baking powder! do you think there will be a noticeable difference or any way to fix it? silly me, i was so looking forward to these :(

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27 The Purple Foodie January 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Yep – baking soda is added when you have something acidic that will react with it.. like yoghurt. I'm not sure how they'll be with the soda. Given that they are cookies, they don't really need to rise like cakes.. but let me know how it turns out for you!

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28 vikki March 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM

wonderful recipes yum.. thanks for posting these

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29 TEJAL S. June 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM

how to make it eggless?

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30 Mandy October 5, 2011 at 2:21 AM

I see in the description that it’s a “sweet and tangy lime and strawberry preserve”, but I don’t see anywhere in the recipe anything about lime…

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