Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies
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Dough
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup filberts (hazelnuts), blanched
  6. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  7. ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  8. 2 large egg yolks
  9. ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  10. ½ teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  11. Tip: Use a citrus zester fresh zest. Use standard measuring cups and spoons or scales for accurate measuring.
Filling and Topping
  1. ½ cup raspberry preserves
  2. ¼ cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
Dough
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together to mix.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts until finely ground. Add the hazelnuts to the flour mixture. Whisk together to mix. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar; cream together until mixture appears light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and lemon zest; beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture; stir until well mixed.
  4. Form dough into a 6 inch flattened disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until well chilled, 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Baking sheets may be ungreased, lined with parchment paper, or lined with a non-stick baking mat.
  6. On a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board, and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough to a ⅛ inch thickness. Cut dough with a round 2½ inch scalloped cookie cutter that has been dipped in flour (to help prevent dough from sticking to the cutter.) Cut out the center from half of the shapes with a 1½ inch scalloped cookie cutter. Re-roll the scraps, or bake the 1½ inch shapes separately.
  7. Bake: Place cutout dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are set and the edges are very lightly browned. Remove cookies from baking sheets with a metal spatula and place on a wire cooling rack to cool.
Filling and Topping
  1. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the raspberry preserves over each cookie without the middle cutout.
  2. Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the tops of the cookies that have the middle cutout with confectioner’s sugar. Place the cutout cookies on top of the raspberry-covered cookies.
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