Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies
2 cups (283g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
1 cup (106g) almond flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
1/3 cup (68g) packed light-brown sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen jam of your choice (available at Weekends!)
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, almond flour and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, powdered sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Scrape down bowl.
Mix in one egg yolk. Then blend in second egg yolk with vanilla and almond extract. Scrape down bowl.
Add in flour mixture and mix until combined.
Divide dough into two equal portions and shape into round balls. Flatten each ball to a 6-inch disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill until more firm to roll, about 45 to 60 minutes.
Instructions (Shape & Bake)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees towards the end of dough is chilling (about the last 10 minutes). Line two 18 by 13-inch baking sheets with parchment paper.
Dust a clean work surface with a fair amount of flour. Remove one portion of dough from the fridge. Place on floured surface sprinkle top of dough with flour and roll to 1/6-inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes using a cookie cutter (something like a circle, square, or heart works well here. The size should be about 2 1/4 to 2 3/4-inches).
Transfer cut shapes to prepared baking sheet spacing 1-inch apart. Using a small star or heart cookie cutter (that’s about 1 1/4-inches across) cut the shape from the center of half of the cookies on the cookie sheet (these will be the top, the other half should be left whole for the bottoms).
Chill cut cookies on baking sheet in fridge 10 to 15 minutes so they hold their shape well.
Bake in preheated oven 9 – 11 minutes until edges are lightly golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Repeat this process of rolling, cutting and baking with the second disk of dough.
Instructions (Fill & Top)
Once cookies are completely cool spread jam over the whole cookies (the half without a shape cut from the center).
Place the cookies with shape cut centers on a baking sheet or over a sheet of parchment paper. Dust them with powdered sugar.
Place those powdered sugar dusted cookies over over tops of the jam topped cookies.