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Linzer Cookies

The most festive and delicious cookie for the holidays!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound cream cheese
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 jar best-quality raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Prepare the dough at least 4 hours or overnight in advance.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Add the eggs and blend until smooth.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. 

  4. Add the flour mixture and the vanilla to the cream cheese mixture, blend until smooth, being careful not to over mix.

  5. Roll the dough into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until ready to bake.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.

    In a saucepan set over low heat, warm the raspberry jam. Remove from heat. Cool.

  7. On a lightly floured Silpat, roll out the dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut into rounds and cut out stars in half of the rounds.

  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wires racks.

  9. Spread a bit of the raspberry jam on the whole circles. On a separate wire rack, sprinkle the star-cutout circles with confectioners' sugar and place one on each raspberry topped circles.