And I will most certainly start with these.. a variation of a Linzer cookie..I have a few cherished recipes..One from Good Housekeeping with pecans..But the last ones I made.. and made again...the recipe was included with the cutter and they were delicious.
They're pretty and festive on the Xmas dessert table..
The little cutter is worth it's weight in gold~
The recipe says it makes one dozen…..Mine made more..
1 1/4 cups softened unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups ground almonds (I added a splash of essence also)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
5 tbsps raspberry jam(I used more as I had more cookies.
Confectioner's sugar for dusting.
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.Beat in flour 1/2 cup at a time..almonds and cinnamon.Continue beating until dough becomes slightly stiff.
Shape into a ball wrap with saran and ref. 30 mins.
Divide dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface..roll out the first half 1/8 inch thick..
Cut out plain rounds..
Place on an ungreased baking sheet..1 " apart.
With the other half..cut out with the heart insert..
Place those on an ungreased sheet.
Bake the small hearts too !
Bake in a preheated oven of 325 for ap 10-15 mins(Mine took at least the 15)until lightly browned.
Let cool 20 mins..
Spread some Raspberry Jam on the bottoms… top w/ hearts..
You can add more jam in the hearts..I didn't need to..
Dust w/ Icing sugar.
I hope you enjoy them.