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Raspberry Holiday Cookies

Raspberry Holiday Cookies

Ingredients

2/3 cup raw whole almonds

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter – room temperature

1 extra large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

1 jar (13 oz) Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves (or any other flavor of your choice)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly.

In a food processor, process the almonds and ¼ cup of the brown sugar until the almonds are finely ground.

In a medium bowl, wisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, cream together the butter and the remaining ¼ cup of brown sugar until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the almond mixture, then the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Do not over mix.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, approx. 3 hours.

Heat oven to 350°. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Using a circular shape cookie cutter, cut out an even number of solid bottoms and tops with inner circular cut outs. For each finished cookie you will need two pieces. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing then 1″ apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Cool thoroughly on a rack.

To make sandwich cookies: Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on the top half of the cookie (the part with the center cut out). Spread a teaspoon of preserves over the bottom half of the solid cookies, keeping away from the edge. Carefully place the top half over the jam.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Place wax paper between the layers.

NOTE: If you don’t have time to make this linzer cookie dough, buy and cook a basic sugar cookie dough.

Any cookie cutter design can be used in this recipe.

Rich almonds, light brown sugar and ground cinnamon give these festive cookies just the right base for our all-natural raspberry preserves to stand out. The bright red raspberry filling is sure to accent your holiday table. Make them small and place inside empty Bonne Maman jars for a special take home holiday party favor!
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