Monday, February 11, 2013

One dough, three ways (part 2)

Hopefully you are stuffing your face with Nutella pinwheels are you are reading this.  If not, please read this post immediately and then we can talk.  Good? Ok. Let's talk. 

IMG_3074Cookie #2 is a riff on my favorite cookie of all time, the Linzer Cookie.  Linzer cookies are raspberry sandwich cookies the that have hazelnut dough.  This version uses a butter cookie (the 1-2-3 dough) as the base, but I've actually found that this combination is pretty delicious. Plus little kids tend to like the butter cookies better. And by "little kids" I naturally mean "my boyfriend". 

So to make these cookies, you'll mix your dough the same way you would for the pinwheels (see below for ingredients and instructions).  Immediately after mixing the dough, you'll want to break it up into a few "bricks" and roll them out between parchment, just like the nutella swirls.  If your can clear off a shelf in your fridge, just pop the whole sheet of dough in there for 20-30 minutes. Warm cookie dough = no bueno.

Move over, brewskis. It's cookie time. 

After the dough is nice and chilled, take it out on the work surface and cut out a bunch of circles.

Since Valentine's day is coming up, I made little heart cut outs on my cookies.

Again, bake these for 8 minutes at 350*.  Once they are cool, move them to your work surface and pair each top cookie with a bottom cookie. 

Spread a thin layer of raspberry jam on the bottom half (I use Bon Maman brand, because it's amazing).  Make sure it's a pretty thin layer, or else the jam will come squirting out the sides when you bite into it. That's not classy.


Before you build your sandwiches, move the top cookies aside and dump powdered sugar on them.  Like, a lot of sugar.  Check out the aftermath of my cookie sprinkling:


LIKE A BEAUTIFUL SNOWSTORM! Then just set the tops on the jam and gently press down. Voila!

These cookies make a great valentine's treat for that special someone. Wink. 



1-2-3 Dough (Recipe)

  • 4 ounces sugar (aka 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon if you don't' have a scale)
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 12 oz (2 2/3 cups flour) + 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg + 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on low speed until light and fluffy
  2. Add egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Scrape your bowl and mix a bit more.
  3. Dump in flour and salt mixture all at once and mix on low to combine.
  4. Proceed with recipe as described above! 

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