{Valentine} Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What is it about Valentine's Day that makes me want to bake sugary pink food?! First Cupcakes in a Jar, and now Linzer cookies. Most of you are thinking, 'What the heck is a Linzer? It sounds like something from Ikea.' To be fair, I had no idea that these cookies were called Linzers...I just knew I wanted to make those heart-shaped cookie thingies with jelly in the middle and sugar on top. And that's exactly what I googled, 'heart-shaped jelly cookie thingies.' That Google is a smarty-pants, she knew exactly what I was talking about.


Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

All the recipes I found were fairly complicated, and we don't do complicated around here. We do cheap, easy and fast. TWSS So I made the Clif Notes of Linzers, and they are dee-vine!! All you need is sugar cookie dough, jam, powdered sugar and two sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters. You can make your own dough, but why mess with what Pillsbury has perfected?

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Roll your chilled, very firm dough about 1/8-inch thick on a heavily floured surface, and make hearts using the largest cookie cutter. After transferring them to the pan, use the smaller heart to cut the center out of half your cookies. Refrigerate the dough scraps between batches.


Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Bake in 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes. You want these slightly underdone so they aren't crispy. After the cookies have cooled on a rack, generously dust the heart outlines (tops) with powered sugar, and spread jam on the solid hearts (bottoms). I love them best with raspberry, but any flavor, even Nutella, would work. If you're Martha Stewart, you'll likely heat the jelly and push it through a sieve to remove any seeds. But seeds don't bother me, and these are the quick and easies, right!? It does help to stir the jam so it's more spreadable.

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Sandwich the two halves and try not to lick the jam smooshing from the sides.

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Marvel at your gorgeous cookies...then Git in Mah Belly!

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

The kids helped me, and couldn't get them in their mouths fast enough, so before we inhaled ate them all, I decided to package some up as teacher/neighbor/friend gifts. I layered the cookies in heart-shaped boxes, with paper doilies in between. I found these materials at JoAnn Fabrics, but saw similar at the dollar store, too.

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

I made mini-sandwiches using the cut-out centers. Cute as buttons, I tell ya!

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

To package these little babies, I trimmed the top of a wax bag (left over from the Pancake & Pajama party) with pinking shears, folded it over and looped baker's twine through holes punched in the bag.

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

Hi Sugarplum | Easy Linzer Heart Cookies

They are so light, with just the perfect amount of sweet. I'm dreaming of one now...too bad they are long gone. Have you heard of Linzer's before? What's your favorite Valentine sweet to make?

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  1. Cheap, easy and fast - you're speaking my language again. These are so cute. I especially love them gifted in the heart box.

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  2. Adorbs! I love, love, love everything about these and the way they were packaged. Great job!!

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  3. I've always bought the ones from La Madeleine, but haven't attempted making them myself. Me in the kitchen is the equivalent of you with your sewing machine (ha). ;)

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  4. Cassie! This is totally my kind of recipe! Love everything about it!

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  5. I'm not one to really love sweets with fillings like this, but these look delicious and easy to make!

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  6. Those cookies look so YUM!
    Love the red heart on them too.

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  7. Ah yes, we are *very* familiar with the cheap, quick, and easy version at our house! Of everything, not just cookies (c; These are so stinkin' cute!!! Valentine's really puts me in the mood, too...I mean for sweets...just so you didn't think I was being weird. Which clearly, I am now (c;

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  8. These cookies look so beautiful.

    Anna

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  9. Girl you are killing it with the Valentines treats. I really have to get on that! These look amazing.

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  10. You are on a roll Cassie! It looks like a fun and yummy Valentine for the entire family.. and friends! :-)

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  11. Those heart boxes and doilies are fantastic I agree! They turned out so well. I think your sentence of "roll your chilled, very firm dough" is deserving of another TWSS..no?? Maybe it's just me....
    Great job Cassie!

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  12. Pretty AND Yummy! A winning combination in my book :)

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  13. Gah! Is there anything you can't do?! You are one amazing chica!

    xoxoxo!
    Jen

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