Monday, April 5, 2010

Strawberry Jam, Linzer Cookies, and Giveaway WINNER!

A few weeks ago I was so happy to hear that my favorite strawberry stand would soon be open! A week later I took a short, northerly jaunt and bought a half flat of big, very red, sweet strawberries! So many possibilities...First things first, I decided to make some quick and easy freezer jam so that I could then make something that has been on my infamous "to bake" list for quite a long time...
Linzer cookies! This recipe is from Ina Garten's "the barefoot contessa cookbook" though I have replaced the raspberry jam for my strawberry. Ina points out that these are not traditional linzer cookies because they are not made with ground nuts. Rather this is a variation of a shortbread cookie, made with traditional linzer cutters.
This cookie turned out so beautiful and buttery, with the strawberry jam as the crowning touch in taste and appearance! About a dozen people tried one of these cookies(even the furnace installer) and each one had the same reaction: "Delicious!" Actually one person stated that it was "the best cookie I've ever eaten," but I think he may have just been trying to butter me up for more goodies in the future:) I will most certainly be making these cookies again, and I guess the door is still open for the traditional linzer cookie too!

"linzer" cookies
Makes 14 to 16 cookies (I made 2 dozen smaller cookies)

3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup good raspberry preserves (I used my homemade strawberry jam)
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/4 inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter. With half of the rounds, cut a circle out of the middle with a 1-inch cutter. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.

Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookie with confectioners' sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confectioners' sugar on the top.

And now for the winner of the book giveaway(selected through random.org)...

#33
Stampmouse said...
oh I have their first book and have made several things out of it. Would love to have the second one they are so very clever
Congrats Stampmouse!
I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone that participated!!! I appreciate your support and lovely comments!!! Have a great week!


16 comments:

  1. Thank you for the giveaway! your cookies look really good, they are one of my favorites. By the way your Easter bunny bread was super cute!

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  2. Love to make jam, love to serve jam! Your cookies are beautiful.

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  3. Homemade strawberry jam is my favorite, and I haven't made it in years...I just may have to know yours looks great! Your Linzer cookies look fantastic!

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  4. What beautiful, yummy cookies. I love the strawberry stands and farms they are so much fun :)

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  5. Sue..I just got into jam making and have made a triple berry, the kiwi strawberry from the DB challenge and the most amazing sweet and spicy red pepper jelly. That said, your strawberry jam looks beautiful and is no doubt delicious..but those Linzer cookies you filled with the jam are beautiful! My father lusts after Linzer cookies and if he saw yours his eyes would pop out of his head..lol

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  6. So beautiful!! I could probably eat them all by myself. I love shortbread AND linzers!!

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  7. I am definitely trying that linzer recipe. I just had a shortbread disaster in my kitchen but I am determined to try again!!! We have big ripe strawberries, too and these cookies look amazing!! YUM! And I love the freezer jam, easiest thing ever AND delicious on pancakes!!

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  8. Wow those Linzer cookies are perfect looking Sue!

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  9. I love linzer cookies. I've tried making them a few times, but they weren't authentic recipes and weren't as good as they could be. These look terrific though!

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  10. homemade is always the best..the linzer cookies look so pretty!!

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  11. I've been wanting to my linzer cookies too. Yours look scrumptious. Have you posted your strawberry jam recipe before?

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  12. I love Linzer cookies. I literally just bought a Linzer cookie cutter set TODAY!!!

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  13. How lovely, and perfectly springy! :)

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  14. Look at how beautiful they turned out! Gorgeous! I only tried linzer cookies once and I failed :-P Love yours!

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  15. my book arrived today thank you so very much. I postted a little something on my blog linking back here. I love your site keep up teh good work.

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  16. Yummy.... yummy! How I missed your cookies.... Feels good to be back and visit your blog again!

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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