Thursday, December 27, 2012

linzer stars


I know it's after Christmas, but I still have a ton of holiday recipes that I want need to share with you all.  And even though Christmas is over, the holiday spirit isn't over! Right guys?! We've still got New Years... and heck, we've still got Groundhogs day!  In my opinion, even a Thursday is worth celebrating with cookies... especially these lovely little star shaped jam filled ones.


This star shaped cookies look so festive, and so professional.  I added these to my holiday cookie assortment and they definitely added the visual appeal that even the most decadent brownie can't attract. 


I made mine with my favorite Bon Maman Raspberry Jam.  But you could even fill yours with an assortment of jams if you want to be fancy like that.


So if the post-Christmas blues are getting you down, turn up some music, grab some friends, whip together a batch of these uber-Christmas-y star shaped cookies, and relive Christmas all over again!

With love,
Erica
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups slivered almonds
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam 
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)

Pulse flour, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor until almonds are finely ground (no larger than poppy seeds).

Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and butter in a large bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Beat in rum and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add dry ingredients. Beat dough just to blend; gently knead if necessary to form a ball.

Divide dough in half. Place each half between sheets of parchment or waxed paper. Working with 1 piece at a time, flatten dough into a disk; roll dough, occasionally lifting paper on both sides for easier rolling, until 1/8 inches thick. Chill dough in paper until very firm, at least 2 hours. DO AHEAD: Dough can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; keep chilled.

Arrange a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Working with 1 dough disk at a time, remove top sheet of paper and, using 2-inch star cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer to baking sheets, placing 1/2 inch apart; chill. Repeat with remaining dough. Gather scraps; repeat rolling, chilling, and cutting until dough is used.

Using 1/2-inch star cookie cutter, cut out a star from the center of half the cookies. Working in batches, bake cookies until light golden brown, dry, and just firm to the touch, 11-13 minutes. (Cookies will firm up as they cool.) Transfer to a wire rack; let cool. DO AHEAD: Cookies can be baked 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Bring jam and 1 teaspoon water to a boil in a small saucepan; let cool slightly.

Arrange whole cookies flat side up. Spoon 1 teaspoon cooled jam in the center of each, dabbing slightly to spread. Arrange cookies with cutouts flat side down on a wire rack; dust with powdered sugar. Set atop whole cookies, lining up star points and allowing jam to push up slightly through center. DO AHEAD: Linzer Stars can be assembled 8 hours ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

6 comments:

  1. OK, yeah, it's official. You're one of the coolest people on the planet. I thought I was all done with Christmas, but this post put me right back in the spirit. Bless you, li'l darlin.

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad I could conjure up a bit more holiday spirit!

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  2. These are so beautiful! I've always wanted to make Linzer cookies, but I'm a wee bit intimidated. :)

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    1. Don't be intimidated! There are only a few extra steps, and they look much more difficult than they really are!

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  3. could anything be substituted for the almonds? (allergic to all nuts and peanuts)

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    1. Hmmm you could probably just sub in flour! Or here's a good recipe for nut-free linzer cookies! http://www.circleofmoms.com/recipe/linzer-cookies-nut-free

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