Get ready to sprinkle a dash of Grinchy cheer into your holiday baking with our Grinch Linzer Cookies!
These festive treats not only capture the essence of the season but also add a playful twist to the classic Linzer cookie recipe. Join us on a journey through the art of baking and the magic of creating cookies that’ll steal hearts and leave smiles in their wake.
The Joyful Journey of Baking
Baking as a Festive Ritual:
- Baking these Grinch Linzer Cookies isn’t just a culinary task; it’s a festive ritual. The kitchen becomes a haven of warmth and laughter.
- Baking sessions become a bonding experience, creating memories that last a lifetime. Little hands cutting out shapes, laughter filling the air—it’s a holiday symphony.
The Grinchy Foundation: Linzer Cookie Basics
Ingredients for the Linzer Cookies:
- Unsalted and softened for that perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture.
- Sweetness is the key, providing the right balance for the cookie base.
- Binds the dough together, creating a lovely consistency.
- Vanilla Extract:
- A hint of vanilla adds depth and richness to the flavor.
- All-purpose flour forms the structure of our Linzer cookies.
- Raspberry Jam:
- The classic Linzer cookie filling, adding a burst of fruity goodness.
The Linzer Cookie Process:
- Creaming the Butter and Sugar:
- Whisk together softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Adding the Egg and Vanilla:
- Incorporate the egg and vanilla extract for a flavor boost.
- Combining Dry Ingredients:
- Mix the all-purpose flour and almond flour until a soft dough forms.
- Chill and Roll:
- Chill the dough, then roll it out for that perfect Linzer cookie thickness.
- Cutting Shapes:
- Use round cookie cutters to create pairs of matching shapes.
- Creating the Window:
- Cut a smaller shape from the center of half the cookies with a small hear cutter for the iconic Linzer look.
- Baking to Perfection:
- Bake until golden brown, filling your kitchen with heavenly aromas.
- Assembling with Raspberry Jam:
- Spread a layer of raspberry jam on the whole cookies, then top with the window-cut cookies.
Grinchy Delight in Every Bite
In the world of holiday baking, our Grinch Linzer Cookies stand as a testament to the joy of creativity and the magic of merging tradition with a touch of whimsy.
With each bite, savor not just the delicious combination of almond and raspberry but the spirit of the season encapsulated in a Grinchy grin. Bake, decorate, and let the Grinchy delight unfold in every festive Linzer cookie! 🎄💚🍪✨
- 1 cup of Butter – softened
- 1 cup of Sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups of Flour
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- Green food coloring
- 1 cup Red raspberry jam
- 18 Red candy hearts
- In the mixing bowl of a Stand Mixer, add the Butter, Sugar, and Egg, and blend with the Whisk attachment until smooth, and creamy.
- Add the Vanilla, and mix until blended. In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Salt, and mix well to blend. Add the Flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and mix until blended, and smooth.
- Add green food coloring and mix until the all the cookie dough has turned green.
- Next, place the dough on a piece of parchment paper, sprinkle the dough with flour and roll out to 1/2" thickness.
- Then take a round cookie cutter and cut out cookies, cut out a small heart shape in the center of every other cookie.
- Remove the excess dough from around the edges and add cookies to cookie sheet using a spatula and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack, and cool completely.
- When cookies have cooled add raspberry jam to the cookie base that does not have the heart cut out of the center. Then, top the cookie with the heart cut out cookie and place a red candy heart in the center.