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Nut Free Linzer Cookies

Meghan
Nut Free Linzer Cookies are jam filled sandwich cookies dusted with powdered sugar and great for Christmas or Valentine's Day. Nut and egg allergy safe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Chill Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature (3 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Prepare the Dough:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla.
  • Sift together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add this mixture to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.
  • Turn out dough onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll and Bake the Cookies:

  • Roll the dough 1/8-inch thick and cut 2-inch rounds with a plain or fluted biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. With half of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a small shaped cookie cutter, such as a heart or star, or use a Linzer Cookie Cutter set to cut the shapes. Place all the cookies on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Assemble the Cookies:

  • Dust the top of the cookies with the cut-outs with powdered sugar.
  • Spread the preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie (the side that faced the cookie sheet).
  • Press the flat sides (pan facing) of each cookie together, with the preserves in the middle and the powdered sugar on the top.
  • Store the unfilled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

Source: Adapted from Ina Garten
You're Gonna Bake It After All
bakeitafterall.com
Keyword cookies, dessert, holiday, nut free