12 Days of Christmas Cookies
Raspberries and almonds are a classic combination for a reason – they just work. The sweet raspberries accentuate the toasted almonds and subtle brown sugar flavor of these traditional Austrian Christmas cookies.
I liked these cookies the first day but I absolutely LOVED them on day two. The flavors melded together, the cookies softened and the preserves partially sank into the almond cookies creating a unified flavor instead of an awkward sandwich.
Whole, toasted almonds and brown sugar are a wonderful backdrop for the sweet raspberry preserves.The cookies are not overly sweet themselves, so the preserves and powdered sugar make them more sweet than savory and a delightful addition to any cookie tray!
Linzer Cookies are one of those cookies that I’ve never been thrilled about. I can usually be caught eating the gingerbread, the cherry pecan cookies or chocolate crackles first. But these cookies are soooo much better than store-bought. They are soft and are naturally flavored with real toasted almonds instead of extract (not that I have any against almond extract…) and you control the quality of the preserves that go in between. Crucial.
I also made them larger than the recipe called for, like twice the size, and baked them for less time. I will not apologize. They are awesome.
If you want crispy cookies, bake them longer. See, problem solved.
Another lesson learned: The dough is not workable if it hardens up completely. I refrigerated mine for almost 4 hours and it was too hard. I kneaded it into submission and began rolling again. You can do the same or you can check it after 2 hours. It should be firm but not hard.
Since these cookies are stable (if packaged correctly) and the flavor and texture improves over time, these are excellent shipping cookies. Package them in a box or tin with parchment between the layers of cookies, and wrap the whole thing in parchment. Either add some sort of bubble wrap or just make sure that the box/tin is small enough that the cookies and parchment packet fit snuggly but aren’t crammed.
Add Traditional Raspberry Linzer Cookies to your Christmas Cookie list right now! These cookies are my jam! #sorryimnotsorry Sometimes the nerd…I cannot repress her.
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