Tuesdays with Dorie: Linzer SablésDecember 2, 2008 at 12:34 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 47 Comments
Seems the next few weeks of TWD will be dedicated to cookies. Very holiday-appropriate, no? Despite my best intentions, I never make a multitude of Christmas cookies…when the time comes, this little elf just doesn’t really feel up to the task, so I guess this will give me a bit of a shove. First up, we have Linzer Sablés, chosen for us by noskos of Living the Life. If you’ve ever had a linzer cookie or torte, you will know that they usually have a pastry made with cinnamon and ground nuts, and some type of jammy filling (often raspberry). I love this combo…I even made linzer cupcakes once.
I think linzer dough is most tasty and flavorful when made with hazelnuts. Alas, I still do not have my food processor, and pre-ground hazelnut meal is hard to find here. Almond meal’s pretty easy to source (I got a nice speckled one, made with skin-on almonds, from TJ’s), so I went with that this go-round.
I made half a batch of dough, but guess I forgot what I was doing when it came time to add the cinnamon. Luckily I caught myself before the full 1 1/2 teaspoons went in, but my dough was dark with the extra spice. It actually had great flavor! I used mixed berry preserves from Sarabeth’s as my filling. I was careful to roll my dough to a thickness 1/4-inch, as Dorie states. After sandwiching the cookies, I wished I’d rolled them thinner. Too much cookie and not enough jam. Next time, I’ll go about 1/8-inch instead.
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