Linzer cookies, just like Vanilla Horseshoe Cookies and many others, are one of many that are considered as one of traditional Christmas cookies that can be found during holiday season but also throughout a year at most households in Eastern Europe. During this time of the year, I naturally become somewhat nostalgic for some of Slovak traditions, so I try to bring some of them back. When I lived back home, sweets like these can be easily found in stores but nothing can beat the ones made at home. Not just that they taste better but I enjoy that I don’t need no candles to enjoy all the smells that reminds you of home during holidays. I love this recipe. It’s simple, not to mention the cookies themselves, are just so delicate and delicious. I am sure your family and friends would love you for making them. I was asked by my friends to share my recipe, so here it goes:
- 300 g butter
- 600 g flour
- 200 g powdered sugar
- 2 packets of vanilla sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- lemon zest from 1 lemon
- Mix everything together. Dough may seem dry at first and very crumbly. This is where you shouldn’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and knead it by hand until it all holds together. Once done, wrap it in a foil let it chill in fridge for at least 30 min.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface into 3-4 mm thickness. You may notice for dough to crack while rolling it out but that’s normal.
- Cut out your shapes in pairs, where one will be solid and the other with a cutout of shapes that you may have.
- Bake it at 180 degrees for about 7 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool before moving off the baking sheet to prevent them from crumbling.
- Bind your cookies with your favorite jam or nutella.