Linzer cookies

by | Feb 25, 2015 | Breads, buns & biscuits

I guess there’s propably nobody who hasn’t heard about linzer cookies. It’s one of the oldest pastries known all around the world. In view of the ingredients the ancient Romans already baked something similar, but the first Linzer Torte was made in the 17th century and was named after the city of Linz, Austria.

In Hungary linzer cookies made from the famous torte’s dough became more popular. It was Lénárd Richter, the sometime owner of the noted Ruszwurm confectionery who thought up the linzer cookies in honour of his friend, Rudolf Linzer, a freedom fighter lieutenant. These cookies are made with two cookie rounds – one of which has a cut-out in the middle – sandwiching a jam filling.

Linzer is a shortcrust pastry generally made from 3 parts flour, 2 parts butter and 1 part sugar. The dough can be savoured with vanilla, lemon or orange zest, cinnamon and clove. In case of the filling the only limit is your imagination. Any of the fruit jams are perfect, but you can also try citrus curd or chocolate cream. Don’t worry if you don’t have a linzer cookie set.  All you need are two cookie cutters, they don’t even have to be the same shape and size – unleash your creativity!

Linzer cookies
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