There is something about cutting a little heart (or star at Christmas time) out of the center of the Linzer cookie dough which elevates these rather regular cookies, or biscuits as we say in the U.K., into something very special. I sometimes make the cookie itself heart shaped, because you can never have too much love.
The dough is very well behaved. You can use it to make plain shortbreads, without the raspberry jam. I have also been known to cut out hearts and dip them in either plain or milk chocolate.
We have biscuits in the UK called Jammie Dodgers, which are basically Linzer Cookies, and a staple of any British childhood in much the way that Oreos are in the USA. My husband tells me that when he was at college he and his friends would introduce themselves as designers. The chat up line went something like…’Hi, I am a designer, biscuit designer – Jammie Dodgers; that was one of mine!’
- 3/4 pound/3 sticks/350g of butter at room temperature - now I use salted butter but do not add extra salt. If your butter is unsalted then add a large pinch of salt.
- 3 cups/141/2 ounces/410g of all purpose flour
- 1 cup/71/2 ounces/280g of sugar (I keep a vanilla pod in my sugar which makes it slightly scented)
- Dash of vanilla essence
- Good raspberry jam
- Confectioners sugar (Icing sugar) to finish.