[of Linzer Torte] shrinks the classic into sandwich cookies, with a
cut-out on top for the glowing ruby jam to peek through. Cookie cutters
are such a wonderful combination of bakers' tools and children's toys!
Bring them all out at holiday time: You can use any shape you like for
the cut-out. As a tribute to the great Viennese tradition of afternoon
coffee and pastries, drink Kaffee mit Schlag - coffee with whipped cream
- which is wonderful at Christmastime."
2 to 3 dozen cookies
Cream the butter in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using
a hand mixer) until smooth. Add the 1 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar
and mix. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition. Add
the vanilla, ground almonds, salt, and cinnamon and mix well. Add the
flour and mix at low speed just until a dough forms. Shape into a ball
and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
- 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 pounds ground almonds *
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups raspberry jam
Heat the oven to 350°. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured
work surface. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and, using a cookie cutter,
cut into rounds. Transfer to sheet pans and chill 30 minutes. Working
on half the rounds, and using a small Christmas tree or other cookie
cutter, cut out shapes from the center. Form all the scraps into a ball
and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes, then roll out to make more
Bake the whole and cut-out cookies until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Let cool completely on wire racks.
Place a spoonful of raspberry jam on each whole cookie round. Place
a cut-out round on top and press gently to make a sandwich. The jam
will hold the two cookies together and will show through the cut-out.
Dust with the confectioners' sugar and let set for at least 1 hour before
serving. (Or, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.)
*Finely ground almonds can be bought at many supermarkets. At home,
almonds can be pulsed until ground fine in a food processor. Either
blanched or plain almonds can be used in these recipes, unless specified