Linzer Hearts

These delicate cookies are beautiful for Valentine’s Day. Substitute 1 teaspoon of rose water for the vanilla for an old-fashioned taste.

Makes: 24 cookiesHands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 8 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Makes: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • 1½ cups finely ground almonds
  • 2¼ cups cake flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Cream butter. Add granulated sugar, lemon, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, and ground nuts; beat until creamy.
  • Whisk dry ingredients together; blend in. Chill dough overnight, tightly wrapped.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛" thickness. Cut with heart-shaped or round cookie cutters. Cut 1 or 3 holes in half of the cookies using a small cookie cutter or chopstick. Place on cookie sheets; bake 12 minutes.
  • Heat jam; spread a layer on solid cookies. Press a cookie with holes in it on top. Fill holes with more jam. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar when cool.