Christmas is just around the corner. There never seems to be enough hours in the day or days in the week to complete everything on my to-do list. 

A cookie recipe I have been wanting to try is Linzer Cookies. Traditionally these are made with ground almonds. I searched everywhere for a recipe that does not contain nuts, ground or whole. I could not find such a recipe. Having a nut allergy, I do not bake with or have any nut products in my home. So, I improvised and created my own version of these cookies. I started with a roll out cookie recipe, used seedless raspberry jam to stick them together and drizzled melted chocolate over them. Yummy!

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • raspberry seedless jam
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix baking powder and flour, add one cup at a time, mixing and scraping sides of bowl after each addition. The dough will be stiff. This dough does not need to be chilled before rolling. 

Roll out dough on floured wax paper. Using a round cookie cutter cut out cookies. Be sure to cut out an even number of circles. Then take the smaller cutter and cut the centre out of every second cookie. You can bake the small cookies as well. I also used the star cookie cutter to make some different shaped cookies, but they are harder to assemble! 

Bake the cookies for about 6 minutes. Watch carefully! Depending on the thickness of the cookie they will need a shorter or longer baking time. It's also important to try and keep the cookies the same thickness or they will burn or be under baked. 

Once the cookies have cooled, match up tops and bottoms. Keep the browned side in for the bottom and top.

Add 1 teaspoon or less of jam and spread over cookie. I used a jam spreader to spread evenly. Do not put jam too close to edge of inside of cookie or the jam will ooze out when you add the top. 

For the finishing touch, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 40 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 20 seconds or until smooth. I used an icing bag to drizzles the chocolate over the cookies but you can use a spoon or resealable plastic bag for the same effect. You could also dust with icing sugar if not using chocolate just before serving. 

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