Chocolate and Walnut Linzer Cookies

I cannot wait another moment to start the month of Solid Chocolate!  So what if it isn’t quite February yet.  I am totally jumping the gun with a cookie and a now closed cookbook giveaway.  Plus  a recipe, too!

I have worked with Tate’s Bake Shop a number of times in the past.  Their cookies are wonderful and their cookbooks are filled with all kinds of goodness.

Linzer Torte Cookies @frugalantics

Here is one of the recipes from the book, Baking with Friends .  You will notice that these Linzer Hearts turned into Linzer Flowers.  I didn’t have the right kind of cookie cutters.  I started out with bigger cookies, but the dough is much too tender to make large cookies.  Make them small!    I made a few minor substitutions which I will put in parentheses.

Linzer jam cookies

Linzer Hearts (flowers)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla (2 tsp vanilla bean paste)
  • 2 cups toasted, finely chopped hazelnuts (walnuts)
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (semisweet chocolate chips, chopped)
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam (blackberry)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Whisk the flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides to make sure everything is well mixed.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  5. Chop the nuts and chocolate in a food processor, pulsing until they form a fine meal.
  6. Add to cookie dough.
  7. Form dough into a flat disk.
  8. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  9. When ready to bake, let sit for 10 minutes to soften.
  10. On a lightly floured board, roll dough to about ¼ inch thickness.
  11. Using a cookie cutter no bigger than 3 inches wide, cut out cookies.
  12. If dough becomes soft, put back into the fridge.
  13. Arrange cookies on a baking sheet.
  14. Using a 1 inch cutter, cut out the center of half the cookies.
  15. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 18-25 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown around the edges.
  16. Let cool completely.
  17. Spread jam on bottom cookies.
  18. Top with cookies with holes cut out.
  19. Dust with powdered sugar.



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