Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pistachio Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Filling

I love making linzer cookies as I think they are the most beautiful I ever made. Beside the look, I just love the taste of this light shortbread combined with a tiny dollop of jam in the middle. They are just perfect with a cup of coffee and tea. They might look delicate but they are quite easy to put together. It just involves a few extra steps compare to the regular cookies but the end results are all worth it. I made quite a few of these to give it out to my friends and neighbors.

To my dearest family, friends and blog readers,

May peace, happiness and goodwill be with you not only on Christmas, but throughout the year and beyond. Wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


2 stick/1 cup butter – room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
I egg
½ tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2/3 cup ground pistachio
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Some strawberry jam
Some powder sugar (optional)

1. Combined flour, ground pistachio, salt and cinnamon. Mix well and set it aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and mix well.
3. Add in flour mixture, mix only until combined. Form dough into 2 disks, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. On a flour surface roll out the dough ¼” thick, using linzer cookies cutter, cut half of the dough whole and half with cut outs. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light brown. Cool cookies on sheet for 2 minutes before removing it to cooling rack.
5. Spread the whole cookies with jam and top cookies with the cut outs. Gently press them together. If desired, lightly dust the cookies with powder sugar.

I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #26 – Creative Christmas Motif Bakes! hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies.


Beachlover's Kitchen said...

Merry Xmas dear Gert and Carlos!! your linzer look so pretty to eat!!this year I saw you make many creative and yummy cookies!! you must be busy wrapping and sending all this away to friends and family b4 Xmas,right? I baked 6 type of cookies and give all away.bought cake box to pack instead of tin or only left somoe in jar..

Olka said...

Wonderful little cookies, among so many cookies presented on blogs these days, your really have caught my eye.

suituapui said...

Oooooo...looks so good! Hmmm...think I will visit you this time next year so I can cart all these lovelies home. Wink! Wink! LOL!!!!

suituapui said...

...and a Blessed Christmas to you and Carlos and all good wishes for an awesomely wonderful 2013!

Debbie said...

Linzer cookies are one of my favorites. They look delicious and I love the addition of pistachios!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Gert, this is a very festive look of cookies. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013.

hanushi said...

Merry Christmas to you and family!!! :) Hugs!!!

Veronica said...

Wishing you and family a happy Christmas and New Year!

Unknown said...

So many creative cookies you had make. Beautifully done. Wishing you Merry Christmas and X'mas.

Shereen said...

Those cookies are so beautiful, Gert. I bought the linzer cookies mould a few years ago and till today it's still in the original box. I went looking for the mould like a mad woman possessed, must have gone to every baking supply shop here and Australia. By the time I found one, mood lost already..hahaha.Anyway, merry Xmas to u and Carlos from all of us at home. God bless!!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Lovely cookies for Christmas. Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

PH said...

Beautiful festive cookies! Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

ann low said...

Gert, Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in 2013!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Merry Christmas Gert ! May you have a wonderful and blessed festive holiday this season! Warmest wishes to u and your family. :)) love the linzer cookies, they are also one of my favourite Xmas cookies! Oh the spread of Xmas cookies is making me remember all those fun cookie exchange party I had last time in States. :D

Reanaclaire said...

Christmas Joy cookies!!!
Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and A Blessed New Year!!

Linda said...

Wishing you and family a happy Christmas and a great 2013!

Linda said...

Wishing you and family a happy Christmas and a great 2013!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

What a beautiful assortment of cookies! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

ICook4Fun said...

Lesley, Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Ya this year I attempted more creative cookies than the usual ha ha.. I too gave most of it away.

Olka, thank you for your compliments.

Suituapui, ha ha come lah. Blessed Christmas to you and your family too.

Debbie, aren't they pretty and it is my fav too.

Sonia, Hanushi, Veronica, Vivian thank you.Hope you had a blessed Christmas too.

Shereen, thank you. I actually bought a set for you just before Christmas. You should have told me about it. I can get it for you here.

Quay Po, thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

Phong Hong, thanks. Blessed Christmas to you and your family too.

Ann, thank you. How are you doing?

Bee bee, thank you. We are not doing any exchange of cookies this year. These are the one I gave it away to neighbors and friends.

Reana, Blessed Christmas to you and your family too.

Linda, how are you doing? Long time no news from you. Hope everything is well with you in Australia.

Fern, thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

Unknown said...

Can you freeze these? :)