Linzer Biscuits

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Linzer Biscuits

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Ingredients

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280 g Unsalted Butter softened
150 g Caster Sugar
380 g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
60 g Ground Almonds
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
200g jar Seedless Raspberry Jam

Yummy homemade jammy dodgers - nom nom!

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Linzer biscuits were a popular choice in our house. These raspberry jam cookies are better known over here as Jammy Dodgers and my son asked, ‘Are the ones in the shops made by professionals?’ ‘Yes, why?’ ‘These taste better.’ He then ate 3 in a row.

I found lots of recipes on the internet for these, the things that they all had in common were ground almonds and cinnamon. The cookie dough is really light and fluffy and before you put it in the fridge you will probably think ‘how on earth am I going to make that into biscuits?’ Amazingly the dough transforms in the fridge and makes the most delicious cookies. I opted for the recipe from Borrowed Light.

The Linzer biscuits we made were circles with heart shapes cut out and were huge. This was because our smallest cookie cutters are still quite large, something to consider before you embark on making the dough.

Steps

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Using an electric whisk cream the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. In a bowl, sift the flour and cinnamon and mix in the ground almonds. Add this to the creamed butter and sugar, mix until a dough forms.

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Add the egg and the vanilla extract and the dough will become softer and less crumbly

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Pre-heat the oven to 170C / 325F / Gas Mark 3

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Bring the dough together with you hands divide into two balls, press to flatten a little, wrap in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 mins.

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Roll the pastry little by little, until it is about 4mm / 1/4 inch thick.

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You then need to start cutting, you can use one large, one small heart or we used a large circle cutter and cut a heart out of every second circle. Cut the heart out once you’ve place the circle on the baking parchment (- definitely do this!)

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Bake for around 15-20 mins or until they are a light golden colour. Leave to cool.

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Dust the tops with icing sugar and place a teaspoon of jam on the bottom, assemble and eat before the small people do.

Zoe Negus

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