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Linzer Heart Cookies

This specialty cookie takes a little extra effort, but the delectable results are well-worth it. I bake the tender jam-filled hearts when I need something fancy to serve for Valentine's Day or other special occasions. —Jane Pearcy, Verona, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • Raspberry jam
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in almonds. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. From the center of half the cookies, cut out a 1-1/2-in. heart or round shape.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Spread 1/2 teaspoon jam over the bottom of the solid cookies. Sprinkle cutout cookies with confectioners' sugar; carefully place over jam.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 163 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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