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Linzer Cookies, the Art of Culinary Architecture

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How hard is it to bake cookies right after Christmas? Best to give it a break before Valentines Day. In fact, carbostarve them (meaning the simple carbs) Then, when you do get into the bake mode, don't let them eat cake, give them something more substantial. This way, when your latest melt in your mouth creations make it out of the oven, the anticipation is high and the appreciation palatable.

Since the birth of the sandwich, we have been putting foods inside other foods to eat them....it is one of the original forms of multitasking. Hence:

Linzer Cookies, the mother of all sandwich cookies:

Linzer Tortes are the genre of sandwich cookie recommended for post holiday blues in Sister Beth’s Test Kitchen, as it has the presentation value to go along with this game plan.

Beth says, “These are the ’double wide’ of cookiedom, they even come with a 'pop top' which lets your nose inhale the sweet fruity sensation at precisely the same time your teeth are breaking ground into the soft buttery terra ferma.

There's also the added benefit of at least one healthy antioxidant ingredient…raspberries!” So pick up your spirits, and get your raspberry on!

LINZER COOKIES

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 freshly ground walnuts or almonds

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 salt

1 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

confectioners sugar

1/2 cup raspberry seedless jam divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Combine flour, ground walnuts, baking powder and salt in a small mixing bowl.

Beat butter with the sugar till light and fluffy. 3 minutes

Beat in egg and vanilla, scraping sides.

Beat in flour mixture until well blended.

Gently form into 2 round discs and chill 30 minutes

Roll out each disk 3/8” on floured surface. If dough is soft add up to 1/4 additional flour.

Cut out cookies with 2 1/2 inch fluted cutter. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet surface

Cut out the center of half the cookies. Bake 9 minutes till slight golden edges. Cool 2 minutes.

on wire racks, remove.

Heavily sprinkle confectioners sugar on cut out ones. Spread about 1tsp. raspberry jam on base

Put cut out one on top of jelly and let set to firm.

Makes 2 dozen

What! Not with milk?. Well, HelloVino.com recommends the wine with dessert lover choose a Riesling, (REEZ-ling): A sweet wine with peach & orange blossom is a match. or Moscato d'Asti (MUHS-kat-OH Dee ASTI): Sparkling wine made with Muscat grapes.

And, never one to follow the crowd, I created my own recipe with alternate flavorings, a la California ~ Check out my recipe for Savory Herbed Linzer Cookies made with Goat Cheese and our very own California Fig Jam!

Contact Kate for Monterey's culinary product and produce recommendations HERE

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