Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Linzer Sables

cookies on red plate

[recipe here]

I can't believe it's Tuesday already! Thanksgiving absolutely flew by. I had a great time visiting my parents, and I'll put up some pics and a simple recipe for cranberry sauce later this week! But now, it's all about Linzer Sables, this week's TWD recipe that was chosen by noskos of Living the Life.

finished cookies with cookie cutter


These classic cookies turned out to be very tasty. Traditionally they're filled with blackcurrant jam, but I went with raspberry jam since that's what was in my grocery store ;) Dorie also suggested a ganache filling, which I definitely would have tried, but my 3" cookie cutter only gave me 14 cookie sandwiches to play with.

The recipe calls for finely chopped nuts, so I broke out the super fine almond flour that I keep in the freezer. The dough was spiced with cinnamon and cloves.

dry ingredients

dough

Dorie called for this dough to be rolled out to 1/4" thick, but I rolled it a little thinner based on reviews from the P&Q's.

dough rolled out

It was a little hard to work with, especially when it got at all warm, so I had to keep putting it back in the fridge to chill.

using cookie cutter

dough scraps

As I said before, I got 14 sandwiches, 28 individual cookies. I took Dorie's suggestion and used a piping tip to cut the center peek-a-boo hole.

piping tip as cookie cutter

Fully baked cookie:

fully baked cookie closeup

I also made a couple of tiny ones for us to taste, since we are giving most of these away.

fully baked cookies

Once the cookies were cool, I poured on the boiled and slightly cooled jam and water mix. My jam was maybe a little too thin and kept running everywhere... that's what I get for being impatient :-p

fully baked cookies

When I assembled them, the tops slid around a little bit, but eventually settled down into place.

assembled cookies

They turned out to be very pretty! I sprinkled some powdered sugar on top, and set them in the fridge for a few minutes so the jam could set a little bit more.

assembled and sugared cookies

I really liked the flavors in these cookies and I'm glad I stuck with the classic jam, but I know I would have liked chocolate or Nutella as filling too! Thanks for the pick, noskos — what a great way to kick off the holiday cookie season :) Now go check out the rest of the TWD blogs for their cookies!

cookies on red plate closeup

52 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Such pretty cookies! Very professional looking!

cheers,

Rosa

Cathy said...

Your cookies look beautiful! I love your step-by-step shots. I kept having to return my dough to the fridge as well. These aren't really cookies that you could "whip up" (due to all of the rolling/chilling involved) but they sure were worth it! Your photos are gorgeous as always!

Shirz903 said...

Those looks so pretty! and yummy. I am jealous of all your yummy treats.

VeggieGirl said...

STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING!!!

Laura said...

Veggie girl beat me to my comment - I was going to say "gorgeous" 3 times. I'll just simply say "WOW".

Di said...

I love the top photo--very festive. =)

Isa said...

I simply love your pictures.
And well, your cookies turned out excellent too. Very pretty :)

Rachel said...

So pretty--they all look perfect!

chocolatechic said...

I only got 14 sandwich cookies too, darn it...they taste so good, I need to make more.

vibi said...

Everyone of your pictures is always to much fun to admire... like a little story in itself! Okay, the cookies are amazing, but come on... would they look that good, if your eye wasn't magical?

Amy (SingForYourSupper) said...

These look just like Dorie's! Perfect!! As always, your pictures are just beautiful!

Jodie said...

Very cute cookies!

Engineer Baker said...

They look wonderful - I didn't bother boiling my jam so I didn't have the sliding issue (laziness wins again!). I'm impressed that you got so many, you must be better at cookie cutting than me :)

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love the idea of adding Nutella. Yours are very photogenic!

SiHaN said...

i agree about your cookies looking so professionally done. YUM! I'm glad you loved those too!

natalia said...

Ciao Kim ! your cookies and pictures are so beautiful !!

Jacque said...

Nice pictorial! Your cookies are so sweet and look delish with the jam.

happytummy said...

These truly are scrumptious looking! I too wish I had tried the Nutella. Great job!

pinkstripes said...

Your linzer sables look perfect. I love your pictures.

Debbie said...

Wow... your photographs are amazing and your cookies are so very cute.

Linda said...

Dare I say it--- i think your photos of the linzers look better than what's in BFMHTY! Your posts are such a terrific visual treat!

Happy Holidays Kim!

Linda

Jamie said...

Beautiful...photos are gorgeous!

Tammy said...

your photos are just beautiful!!! and your cookies look perfect!

CB said...

Beautiful pictures! Love all the step by step. The one of you cutting the cookie is awesome. Do you take the picture one handed or do you have a tripod? btw I noticed on your sidebar that you have Lou Manna's book. You recommend it? I was thinking of ordering from Amazon ;)
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Kayte said...

Very pretty cookies...I love looking at all your photos of everything...you tell the story just with your photos! Those little star cookies were cute...I thought about doing a star with a mini-star cut out in the center for the holidays. Seeing your stars, I think I will do some with that combo...the stars look pretty. Great post!

Anne said...

Wow- those look better than the book! I love the step by steps and the shapes look perfect. I think Nutella would be delicious too... next time, right?!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

so pretty! i'm sure the lucky recipients will love them!

kim said...

thanks everyone for such nice comments!! :)

@chocolatechic - i know, i'm totally making a double batch next time!!
@engineer baker - i think i got that many b/c they just got thinner as i went along, hehe.
@CB - yep, that book is definitely worth a read! it has a lot of photo tips and also goes into food styling techniques (some of which are cheesy, but some good). i use a tripod for all my pics. i need a long exposure time b/c it's so dark in my cave.

n.o.e said...

Your scalloped linzers are perfection indeed! And lucky recipients of those. Did you spread some jam on the stars? We thought these cookies called for jam.
Nancy

Libby said...

These look just like the photos from the book! I didn't mix my jelly with water so it didn't slide so much...

Mary Ann said...

Your cookies came out looking picture perfect-exactly like the picture in the book. Beautiful!

Natashya said...

Your pictures are so pretty! I love the red plate.

Audrey said...

These look perfect! Weren't they delicious, too! Your blog is very well named - gorgeous photos!

Pamela said...

They look simply stunning. I love that you have a lot of jam in there. I like extra in mine, too. They look absolutely perfect.

The Food Librarian said...

These look so beautiful and perfect! And I just love that red dish in the first photo!

Judy@Judy's Gross Eats said...

Those photos are amazing. I suspect the cookies are, too. Wonderful!

kim said...

@n.o.e. we definitely put jam on the stars:) i agree, they needed the jam!

@natashya and @food librarian, i got the red plate at crate & barrel :) "foil appetizer plate"

Piggy said...

Love your pics, Kim! your linzer cookies look very pretty too!

Danielle said...

Great job, your cookies came out perfect!

spike. said...

They look beautiful despite any problems with the dough and jam. I'm glad you got to try these before sending them off!

AmyRuth said...

Did you use 1 1/2cups of almond flour? I had almond flour in my frig as well as whole almonds. I chose to zzzzzz them in the food processor. Made a double batch so I can give them to "friends." Also, if you can use the freezer as a chilling option it works so much better than the frig, plus its quicker. BTW beautiful photo tutorial!! You are a whiz with the photos.
Happy Holidays
AmyRuth

rainbowbrown said...

Very nice. I love the color of the jam in the middle of the light cookie.

Nazarina A said...

Your pictures are beauuuuutiful!!! and the cookies scrumptious!

Eunice said...

BEAUTIFUL UTTERLY SCRUMPTIOUS COOKIES! high five girl, you did GREAT!

Tammy said...

HI Kim

I have given you an award
http://weetreatsbytammy.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-is-coming.html

Tammy :0)

Erin said...

These look beautiful and delicious!

AmyRuth said...

Awesome! Thanks Kim, good to know. I wasn't sure about the way I measured either. I measured out the whole almond first then ground it in the FP. Its likely I didn't have an accurate measurement. They were good but some people may not like the texture. I'm going to try making with my almond flour next. Happy Holidays and thanks for answering my question.
AmyRuth

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Beautiful perfectly formed cookies! I just love that red plate.

Tracey said...

Your photos are gorgeous! The cookies look wonderful.

Cathy said...

It's me again -- I left you a little present on my blog (at the end of the lasagna post).

Carla said...

Ohhh so that's what she meant by piping tip. I'm thinking she meant the other end, where the small hole is. Doh! Yours look so better than mine, and we used the same shape! haha

RecipeGirl said...

They look perfect! Love the flower shape.

Just stumbled upon your blog. Will be back :)

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