Linzer Cherry Cookies

Linzer Cherry Cookies are a little sweet, a little sour, and perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you need a pick me up.

Linzer Cherry Cookies

Prep Time

85 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Serves

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Linzer Cherry Cookies are a little sweet, a little sour, and perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime you need a pick me up. See our complete series of recipes in our Baking Date for Valentine’s Day story.

While this calls out cherry jam, any jam will work so use your favorite! Don't skip the spices though--they make it delectable!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup cherry jam
  • Powdered sugar

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Beat butter and medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  • 3 Combine flour and the next five ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.
  • 4 Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • 5 Roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 3-inch star-shaped cutter. Cut centers out of half of cookies with a 1 1/2-inch star-shaped cutter. Place all stars on lightly greased baking sheets.
  • 6 Bake for 15 minutes; cool on wire racks.
  • 7 Spread solid cookies with cherry jam; sprinkle remaining stars with powdered sugar.
  • 8 Top each solid cookie with a hollow star.

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