Linzer cookies…my absolute favorite christmas cookies in the world. They are traditional Austrian cookies, made out of a similar dough like shortcrust. When your dough is ready you cut out round circles. And from half of the circles you cut out a little circle again you call them eyes, translated Linzer eyes. You fill each cookie with red currant jam and stick another cookie on top. I always try my best to get to roll out the dough as thin as my grandmother does but don´t really manage, well I guess that needs many years of practice. But also if you don´t roll them out that thin they taste amazingly crumbly and fruity.
This is what you will need (for two trays):
- 100g powdered sugar
- 200g butter
- 300g all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs. vanilla sugar
- grated orange zest from one orange
- red currant jam
Knead together all ingredients until dough resembles smooth and let rest for half an hour. Flour your working surface where you are going to roll out the dough. Roll out your dough (3mm thick) and cut out using round cookie cutters (3cm Ø).
Half of your cookies should be added a small whole in the middle. You can either buy a proper cookie cutter or as I always do (because I somehow lost my real Linzer cookie cutter). I always use a thimble to cut out a perfect sized whole.
Then put them on a parchment paper covered tray and bake until they turn light brown for around ten minutes (oven temperature 175°). Heat the currant jam until very fluent. When you have baked your cookies let them cool out and then spread some red currant jam on top of each cookie with a teaspoon. Lay another cookie which has a round hole in it on top of the other cookie. Let them cool out completely and then stack in cookie box.
Enjoy and have a wonderful pre christmas time!