Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recipe for Linzer cookies

These are some of our family's favorite cookies. The recipe I use is from a German cooking magazine, and gives metric amounts for the ingredients. Today, I finally converted it to the American measurements, which is why some of them are goofy amounts.

My apologies for using a stock photo - I was afraid if I stepped away from the counter to grab my camera, the kids would have gobbled up all the cookies in an instant :)

2 cups flour
1 egg
¾ cup + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick + 6 Tbsp. softened butter
strawberry of raspberry jelly
powdered sugar for dusting

1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, egg, powdered sugar, vanilla, and butter until a soft dough forms. It should not be crumbly and dry, or too sticky.

2. Roll dough to 1/16 inch thickness on a floured board. Use just enough flour to prevent sticking.

3. Cut out circles with a round cookie cutter. In half of the circles, cut out a small hole in the middle.

4. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on sheet for a minute before moving them to a cooling rack.

5. Spread jelly on whole circles. Dust circles with small holes with powdered sugar, and place on jelly-covered circles. Assemble all cookies like this. Enjoy!


  1. YUM! I love posting recipes to share.

    In making fun of someone who visited my site saying I used store bought frosting:

    What do you mean, Zsuzsanna, you don't churn your own butter? You buy your butter from the store? Gasp!

    Heh heh. I do love homemade stuff so much better. But sometimes I'm already baking so many things, like 3 loaves of bread a day, that I like to cut down on other things.

  2. Not for baking, no way! I do too much of it...

  3. I thought your children were obedient? Couldn't you have said, "Don't touch the cookies - I'm going to go find the camera now and take pictures of what we made."

  4. I will explain. Zsuzsanna thought using a stock photo was something to be apologized for to her readers [see photo caption] but if her children were obedient, then she could have stepped away from the counter for an instant to grab her camera without being afraid of what her children would do. If they are not obedient enough to not gobble up all the cookies in an instant against her will, then this might be something she wants to work on - since many in her audience look to her for family and child rearing advice.

  5. Stacy,

    come on - do you actually think anyone didn't understand your original comment?

    I think what Virginia was trying to express with her "?????" were similar thoughts as I had when getting the comment, such as

    What is this woman's problem?
    Do people have to leave spiteful comments even on a recipe for cookies?
    How many children does this woman have?
    Why are rude people always too cowardly to link to their real profile, while disparaging of those of us who at least are open about our views.
    Does this woman not understand "tongue-in-cheek"?

    Allow me to let you in on the truth: I didn't want to get my camera, because after finishing the cookies we had to get on our way quickly. You see, we were giving half of them as a gift to Solomon's piano teacher, and had to be on time for the lesson, while also allowing time to stop at Sur La Table to pick up a set of Linzer cookie cutters for her. That would have made a nice caption for the photo, wouldn't it?

    Not wanting to give off the impression that the cookies looked too unappetizing to include a photo with the recipe, I decided to use a stock photo. To further emphasize how TASTY they were, I gave the grossly exaggerated reason that my kids would have gobbled all 60 of them in a matter of 30 seconds. I didn't think that any normal person would take this literally (and I still don't think so).

    To be sure, our children DO disobey on a daily basis. Yes, you read that right. They are sinners, raised by two parents who sin daily, too. All the training and discipline in the world will NEVER make them obey perfectly. Would they take cookies after I told them not to - most likely, they wouldn't. But they might. Regrettably, you did not include a link to your blog so I may glean from your parenting wisdom and improve mine.

    I am sorry you have nothing better to do with your time. Maybe try baking some cookies, it might help make you less cantankerous.

  6. Yes, I do notice that perfect people and perfect parents are afraid to link to their own blog or webpage. Maybe they don't want to give away their secret to perfect parenting?

    When kids are born they don't come out perfect. There is a word called training. Through teaching and correcting over time you hope that by 18, they understand the concept of self control and obedience not only to their parents but to God also. I say 18 because that's the age you have to let go and let them fly on their own. This means, maybe just maybe, the kids might sneak a cookie or two. Not the end of the world.

  7. Today, you allowed us in on the truth: You did not have time to photograph your cookies and you did not want your audience to think your cookies looked too unappetizing to photograph.

    "It's a stock photo but here's what our tasty cookies looked like," is just one example of a photo caption that would have been truthful, meeting your goals of getting out of the house quickly and not allowing readers to think your project turned out looking too unappetizing to photograph.

    I think it's good to speak truth rather than untruth to your audience, given that many readers here look toward you and notice your example.


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