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Linzer Cookies

Yield 3 dozen
Linzer Cookies are great for the holidays and look just as good as they taste. A dough scraper, which can be purchased inexpensively at kitchen stores, makes transferring these star cutouts onto baking sheets a breeze.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer; gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

  2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

  3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Cover and chill 1 hour.

  4. Roll each portion to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 3-inch star-shaped cutter. Cut centers out of half of cookies with a 1 1/2-inch star-shaped cutter. Place all stars on lightly greased baking sheets.

  5. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes; cool on wire racks. Spread solid cookies with jam; sprinkle remaining stars with powdered sugar. Top each solid cookie with a hollow star.