Dec 022011
 

german christmas cookies

German Christmas Cookies Linzer Hearts (or Linzer Herzen in German) are the cookie variation from the Linzer Cake. This German Christmas cookie recipe is similar to the cake as raspberry jam is used for the filling. They are very easy to make and colorful. Happy Baking!

Ingredients (40 cookies) German Christmas Cookies
1 jar (340 g) raspberry jam
powdered sugar for dusting the cookies
Dough
150 g cold butter, unsalted
75 g powdered sugar
225 g flour
1 egg yolk
1 pinch salt
you need 2 cookie cutter hearts (or the original Linzer cookie cutter, see link below), one 5 cm (2 inches)  diameter, the other one smaller (2-3cm or 1 inch)

Baking Instructions German Christmas Cookies
For the dough
- Cut butter in cubes.
- Place butter cubes, powdered sugar, flour, egg yolk and salt in a bowl and mix it with the kneading hooks first, then knead it with hands (have hands dusted with flour) until you get a smooth dough.
- Wrap dough in foil and place it at least for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- For the cookies roll the dough 2mm (less than 1/4 inch, so quite thin) and with a heart shaped cookie cutter cut about 80 hearts out of the dough; with the smaller cookie cutter  cut 40 hearts out of the bigger hearts.
- Bake all cookies in pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes on 175 degrees C or 347 F.
- Bring jam to  a boil and squeeze it through a sieve, let it cool off  a bit.
- Place 1-2 tsp of jam on the cookies without the heart shaped hole.
- Dust the cookies with the hole with powdered sugar.
- Place on each cookie a heart cookie with a hole.

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