For years, I’ve made Kolacky cookies which are a family tradition from my Polish heritage. It couldn’t be a holiday without Kolacky! Well this year, I’m adding Linzer cookies, which are a European-inspired jam-filled cookie containing ground almonds in the dough.
I followed the instructions on the Linzer Cookie Cutter package and used the Linzer Sandwich Cookie recipe.
I really liked the versatility of the cutter, as it is star-shaped and comes with six different changeable center shapes: star, snowman, candy cane, tree, diamond, and circle. The circle, star, and diamond can be used throughout the year – not just for Christmas!
The recipe called for the dough to be refrigerated before rolling it out. Once chilled, I made sure to make enough of the bottom pieces (these do not have a center cut out) to match the top pieces. I placed the pieces on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and baked them for the recommended 10-12 minutes. The aroma of almond filled my kitchen! Yum!
I cooled the cookies on the sheets for two minutes before transferring to my cooling grids. I then spread about 1 teaspoon of Cherry Cake and Pastry Filling instead of the seedless raspberry jam on the cookie bottoms. What a great taste combination!
I dusted the top cookies with confectioners’ sugar (placing a sheet of parchment paper underneath) and then gently sandwiched the cookies together.
Following the package recipe, I actually got about 32 sandwich cookies out of this and my daughter even used some of the extra dough to make little star, snowman, candy cane, tree, diamond, and circle cookies as she loves to be involved in any baking!
I can’t wait to make these again using other filling flavors, such as apricot and strawberry! I’m also thinking I want to try a chocolate hazelnut spread too! I’m confident that I’ve found a new cookie to add to my annual baking! The flavor combinations are endless!