Valentines Day Special – The Perfect Cookie

This is a great tutorial from Community Member Nila Holden to make your Valentine’s Day even more special xx

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This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetheart to some delicious & easy to make Linzer biscuits (the perfect accompaniment to a glass bubbly).

Traditionally Linzer biscuits are made with almonds, but not being a big fan of almonds in cakes and patisserie, and being short on patience today,  I decided to try making these biscuits with a vanilla cookie dough.  I have to say they were delicious!

Ingredients (makes 8)

  • 1 Quantity of Vanilla Cookie Dough
  • 3 tbsp Seedless Raspberry Jam
  • Icing Sugar
  • Square fluted edge cookie cutter
  • mini cookie/sugarpaste cutters: hearts, stars, christmas trees
  • Two baking sheets lined with baking parchment.

Method:

1. Firstly, ensure that your dough has been chilled for 30 mins.  Roll out your dough to 5mm thick

2. Cut out 16 squares. Place 8 squares onto 1 baking tray – these can be baked straightaway and will form the base of the linzer cookies.

3. Place the remaining 8 squares onto your second baking tray.  Using the mini cutters cut out shapes from the middle of the square, taking care not to distort the square frame of the cookie.  You can either use the same mini cutter for all the cookies or use a variety of different cutters for variety! I’ve included them all on one tray in this photo so you can see what I mean.

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4. Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 mins.  Cool on a wire rack.

5. Place your raspberry jam in small bowl and using a spoon mix it for a few minutes.  This will loosen up the jam and make it easier to spread.

6. Take the 8 cookie squares and spread a small amount of jam over them.

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7. Take the cookies with the cut out hearts, trees etc and sprinkle on a light layer of icing sugar.

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8. Sandwich the two halves together and hey presto – you have delicious & quick linzer biscuits.

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Don’t they look beautiful?  You can use love hearts for Valentine’s Day or Christmas trees and stars for festive gifts.  If you have the patience and have mini letter cutters you could even cut out a name or text!  The possibilities are endless..

The cookies will start to soften once you’ve sandwiched them together with jam so if you’re not using them straight away, its best to store the baked cookies in an airtight container.  And then just sandwich them together with the jam a few hours before you need them.

As always, if you use the tutorial then please do leave me some feedback or a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Baking…!

Nila x