Monday, February 14, 2011

In Good Taste

I want to start out by saying that I promise this post will be in better taste than the last one. And I mean that quite literally. But first of all I want to announce the winner of the book giveaway. It is taleah! Congrats, and I will be getting ahold of you regarding mailing the book out. I want to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog, and to the followers in the sidebar, both old and new. And thank you to those of you who leave comments from time to time. I read and appreciate each one. I am still trying to find a better way to respond to individual comments, but for now am having to settle for replying within the comments themselves.

As a way of saying thanks I thought I would share my Linzer cookie recipe with you, along with some step by step photos taken with the new camera I got for my birthday. I make these every year for my family for Valentine's Day. I personally guarantee they are worth the effort!

Linzer Cookies

1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 cup icing sugar North of 49, 1 cup powdered sugar South of 49
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups finely ground almonds
4 cups flour  (I use half spelt and half unbleached white)

raspberry jam
extra icing/powdered sugar for dusting the tops of the cookies

Cream butter and sugar.

Beat in vanilla and eggs. 

Add almonds and flour.

Chill dough for 1 hour. Roll out and cut into heart shapes.

In one half of the hearts cut out a small heart or use a thimble to cut a circle. 

Bake @ 375F for 6 minutes. Watch closely or they will burn!

Cool, then spread jam on a cut-out cookie (I soften the jam in the microwave so it is easier to work with).

Place a cookie with a cut-out on top.

After all the cookies are assembled dust lightly with icing/powdered sugar.

Carefully package.

I would invite you over for some tea and cookies but I fear after my last post I wouldn't have any takers.



  1. You are so good with homemade traditions :)

  2. Oh those look so yummy! The almonds would mean my boy couldn't take them to school (strict no nuts policy) unfortunately, so they may have to wait until summer.

  3. Mmmm. I could really do with some of those right now. I like the new picture!

  4. @Maureen - Only the food traditions, and I think I only stick with those because we all like to eat!

    @kate - That sounds like an excuse to just eat the batch yourself and not share!

    @Becks - Wish you were here to share them with. Well, actually mine are gone so I don't have any left to share. (I took mine out to Cindy and Bob's yesterday.) I love my new camera! I think the picture quality is better than with the old one.

  5. This is very kind of you. I've hinted to bloggers several times about the possibility of them sharing recipes, but I never pushed too hard. I know it can be a touchy subject--I'm positive my mom left out ingredients (and maybe even added a few) when she shared recipes.

    The cookies look wonderful!

  6. Oh, those look scrumptious!
    Ps. I think I will have to get "room" out of the library now, because I was so intrigued! :)

  7. @Ric - Did your mom really leave out ingredients? I have heard of people doing that but have never actually known someone who did. I have had people who have refused to share recipes with me though.

    @PJ - Sorry you didn't win the book. Now you will have to go on the waiting list at the library. :-( I will be interested to hear what you think of the book after you read it.

  8. They look absolutely yummie. You made want to bake some..:-)