I have never had a Linzer cookie before. Baked goods with jelly or jam in them are not usually my favorite. I don't usually go for fruit filled pastries or jelly doughnuts. Just not my thing, I guess.
I recently wanted to make some cookies to take to a friends holiday party. Not being much of a baker I tried to find a recipe that would be easy to veganize. I came across Ina Garten's recipe for Mini Linzer Cookies and decided to try it mostly because it seemed pretty easy. It was.
The cookies were good, and pretty.
You can see mine were not minis, you might call them maxis...no one complained but you can make them any size you want. The amount of jam in the recipe assumes a smaller cookie.
One tip: make sure the butter is softened to room temperature before you start. If the butter is cold this will not work. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
3/4 pound (3 sticks) vegan butter, softened
1 cup organic unbleached sugar
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups unbleached organic all purpose flour
3/4 cup raspberry jam
Confectioners sugar for dusting
In a stand mixer add the butter and sugar. Beat until just incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat to combine. If you do not have a stand mixer you could use a hand mixer.
In a large bowl sift the flour. Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly add to the butter and sugar mixture. Continue to mix on low until the dough starts to come together. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place on a sheet of plastic wrap. Form it into a disc with your hands, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for thirty minutes.
Remove dough from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough gently on a flat, floured surface unti about 1/4" thick. Cut cookies using a cookie cutter. With half of the cookies use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the center. This will serve as the top half and allow the jam to show through.
Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool . Once cooled spread some jam on the solid cookie half. Place a cut out cookie half in some confectioners sugar and then place the flat sice on top of the solid cookie to form a sandwich.