Linzer Heart-Shaped Cookies

ACF Linzer Cookies

Linzer Heart-Shaped Cookies

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15 people

February 14 brings with it flowers, cards and gifts. But for many food lovers, a culinary treat is the greatest token of one’s admiration. American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2011 Pastry Chef of the Year Alex Hwang, assistant pastry chef at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, has created this great cookie in honor of the holiday!

Ingredients

  • 5.5 oz. butter
  • 5.5 oz. powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 5 oz. cake flour
  • 4 oz. almond flour
  • 4 oz. cake crumbs
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 5 oz. raspberry jam
  • 3 oz. powdered sugar, for garnish

Preparation

  • 1 In large bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar.
  • 2 Add one egg at a time, mixing and scraping down well.
  • 3 Add vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  • 4 Add cake flour, almond flour, cake crumbs and cinnamon; combine until you can't see any flour.
  • 5 Chill dough in refrigerator.
  • 6 Roll chilled dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
  • 7 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 8 Cut dough with heart-shaped cutter.
  • 9 In half of cookies, make additional heart-shaped hole.
  • 10 Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
  • 11 Remove cookies; cool.
  • 12 Spread raspberry jam on bottom cookie (without hole).
  • 13 Put powdered sugar on other half of cookies (with hole); place on top of cookie covered with jam.
  • 14 Dust extra heart cookies with powdered sugar.

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