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There are so many Christmas cookie recipes on the internet right now. It’s kind of blowing my mind. And my waistline, too, if I’m being completely honest with myself.
But I’m not really complaining. Because I have a soft spot in my heart for Christmas cookies. And today, I’m even going to contribute one more recipe to the pile. Don’t be mad. We can all go back to exercising restraint (and just straight up exercising) in January.
There are some cookies that just seem destined to become Christmas cookies. One of which are Linzer cookies. They are a classic that always comes to my mind around the Holidays. There is just something really festive about their heavy dusting of powdered sugar, like a fresh morning snow fall. And that peak-a-boo window of jam in the center reminds me of the old fashioned jewel toned ornaments that used to hang heavy on my Grandmother’s Christmas tree.
Linzer cookies are most traditionally made with almond flour and filled with a raspberry jam. But went rogue and decided to switch things up a bit. I replaced the almond flour with hazelnut flour. And I made a quick and easy stovetop vanilla-scented cranberry jam for the centers. And you know what? I think I actually prefer these Hazelnut Linzer Cookies with Vanilla-Cranberry Jam over the more traditional version. It’s great to be able to use seasonal produce to create a homemade filling. And I think the hazelnut flour (have you tried my Chocolate Hazelnut Madeleines yet?) provides a stronger nutty flavor and aroma than the almond flour does.
It’s really important to sufficiently chill the dough before you roll it out. And then chill the cutouts before you bake them. This will make the dough easier to handle, and your cookies will bake up with cleaner edges and a more defined shape. I don’t usually have enough room in my refrigerator to fit two baking sheets, so I just place my baking sheets outside on my back patio. If the weather permits, this might be a great option for you too!
Admittedly, Linzer cookies do take a bit more time and care to prepare than some other cookies. But I love making and sharing them with my family and friends this time of year. They are worth every bit of extra effort.
As a Brand Ambassador for Rodelle, I created these Hazelnut Linzer Cookies with Vanilla-Cranberry Jam for their 2016 Holiday Cookie Campaign. Make sure you check out this link to see all the recipes that the other Brand Ambassadors made. Everyone really brought their A-game this year. It’s like cookie heaven!
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks feverishly making cookies. And then eating them with abandon. As a lover of all things sweet AND miniature in size, cookies are pretty much my jam. I’d choose a cookie any day over a slice of cake or a square of dark chocolate. And maybe even over a fancy cocktail, too. But don’t quote me on that last statement.
December is the perfect time to indulge my cookie-loving ways. Because it’s a month basically dedicated to baking, sharing and eating cookies. And that makes me pretty gosh darn happy.
Thumbprint cookies are an all-time favorite of mine. There is just something really satisfying about their *almost* perfectly round shape, punctuated by a dollop of rich chocolate in the center. And they are truly one of the easiest cookies I know how to make. The ingredient list is short and simple. And it’s not necessary to refrigerate the dough before shaping and baking the cookies. So the time from start to finish is quick. Which means the time it takes to get to eating these buttery little babies is mighty quick, too!
I like to make my thumbprint cookies pretty small, so they can be consumed in just two bites. Or if you’re me, a single bite. Just being straight with you.
To give these cookies a little bit of a Christmas flair, I added some peppermint extract to the dough, drizzled on some white chocolate and then topped them with crushed peppermint candies. Totally freaking festive. And your house will smell absolutely amazing as they bake. I really hope you give these Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies a try this Holiday season! And be sure to let me know if you do!
Are you in need of more cookies? Well then it’s your lucky day! Because the lovely ladies from the Modern Proper are hosting a virtual cookie swap, with over 30 bloggers participating. Check this link for a list of all the recipes. And tonight we’ll all be sharing our cookies on social media with the hashtag #calmandbrightcookienight. So be on the lookout for that as well!
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies