These festive cookies are inspired by the Linzer torte, a famous lattice-topped Austrian pastry made with a rich, buttery nut crust and jam filling. The secret to this cookie’s deep, earthy flavor begins with toasting the hazelnuts. This step intensifies the nuts’ flavor and is an essential characteristic of a Linzer-inspired cookie. Along with the hazelnuts, this lightly sweetened, buttery dough is laced with cinnamon along with a dash of ground cloves. While the cookies are delicious on their own, sandwiching them with raspberry jelly adds a jewel-toned sparkle as well as a bright, fresh flavor. They are pretty enough for holiday giving but are so delicious they will likely become a year-round favorite—heart-shaped cutters and strawberry or red currant jelly make them Valentine’s Day ready!
—Abigail Johnson Dodge
Recipe by Abigial Johnson Dodge from The Everyday Baker, published by The Taunton Press, 2015.
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