Can you believe that 2020 is almost over? I don’t know about you but this is one year that I’m glad to see it gone!
December for me is the beginning of cookie season, especially beautiful Christmas cookies. This year I’ve decided to make Christmas cookie boxes to gift to family and friends. I can’t wait to assemble my boxes and begin working on baking all my cookies. I will update this recipe to include a photo of my cookie boxes as soon as I have completed making them. For now, I’m testing recipes to ensure they will taste perfect. I can tell you that I froze some of the cookies to see how they held up and although they still tasted incredibly yummy, they did loose a little of the crunch that I like in a cookie. I won’t be assembling these and freezing them but I can freeze the dough. If you plan on making the dough a head of time, make sure you wrap them tightly with seran wrap.
My first cookie is this classic Linzer cookie, I think they are most definitely a classic Christmas cookie and they look so delicate and pretty especially with the little window cut out design. Linzer Cookies are soft, buttery, full of flavor, not overly sweet, and they are traditional Christmas cookies in Austria. Did I mention that they are soft, buttery, and melt in your mouth. The dough contains almond flour which gives it a wonderful flavor too.
The great thing about these cookies is that you can flavor them anyway you want. I made a dark cherry and cardamom jam but you can use anything you like, including Nutella.
One thing I failed to do, was take photos of the dough immediately after I mixed all the ingredients, I’m sorry!!! I got so excited to make these that I forgot! The consistency though is initially going to appear dry and crumbly but once you begin incorporating everything into one ball, the dough comes together nicely. This dough reminds me of making pie crust, the consistency is almost similar.
Alright, let’s get baking!
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