I can be a bit of an impulsive buyer – it’s one of my many flaws. I’ve definitely gotten a little better over the years, especially in the area of clothes, shoes and bags – but I think I’ll always have a weakness for kitchen gadgets, specialty pans, and cookie cutters. I make cut-out cookies like once a year, but I think I have over 100 cookie cutters. Maybe I’ll call myself a cookie cutter collector – that may just make the obsession a little more respectable… maybe?
I picked up a set of fall inspired Linzer cookie cutters over three years ago and for whatever reason, tossed them into the depths of my desk drawer. My desk – yeah that’s another flaw of mine because it’s pretty much an organized disaster. I know where everything is, but Brian wouldn’t be able to find a paperclip if he tried.
Anyway, I was digging in the drawer for a camera cable and found the box of Linzer cookie cutters and immediately fell back in love them – strategically placing them on the counter as a reminder to use them. Seriously, who wouldn’t be smitten with little squirrel, acorn, and pumpkin cookies sandwiched together with a delicious filling?
These Linzer cookies are made with ground pecans and a perfect blend of autumnal spices. They’re buttery, slightly sweet and the perfect cookie for your holiday dessert table. These versatile cookies can be served alone or with a quick dip in chocolate. Sandwich them together with a satiny ganache, a gorgeous layer of jam, or choose to go the route I did and add a layer of Biscoff Spread. Any way you decide to serve them, I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with them as quickly as I fell in love with the cutters!
I hope you’ll join Katie and I in this week’s holiday recipe exchange sponsored by Kerrygold. We can’t wait to browse through the buttery goodness! Be sure to head over to Good Life Eats and check out Katie’s recipe for Whipped Cranberry Butter.
November 21st, 2011
Spiced Linzer Cookies
Yield: about 24 sandwich cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup Biscoff Spread
1. In a medium bowl, sift flour and baking powder; set aside.
2. Pulse pecans, confectioners' sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a food processor until finely ground (but not wet); transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
3. Add butter and granulated sugar; mix on medium speed until fluffy. Add in vanilla and egg. Reduce speed to low. Slowly add flour mixture; mixing until combined.
4. Divide the dough in half and shape into disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
6. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Cut out circles with a 2-inch fluted cutter. Cut out centers of half the circles with a 1/2-inch cutter; reroll scraps.
7. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake squares and hearts until pale golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool.
8. Sprinkle cutout cookies with confectioners' sugar. Spread Biscoff Spread onto uncut circles; top with cutout ones.
- Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.
- You can find the Linzer cookie cutters on Amazon.
My Baking Addiction adapted from Martha Stewart
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Irish Cheese and Butter Giftbasket from Kerrygold Includes:
- 2 wedges Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese
- 2 wedges Kerrygold Swiss Cheese
- 2 wedges Kerrygold Blarney Castle Cheese
- 2 wedges Kerrygold Aged Cheddar
- 2 wedges Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar
- 2 wedges Kerrygold Red Leicester
- 2 packs Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter
- 2 packs Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
- 2 packs of Kerrygold Garlic and Herb Butter