My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Linzer Cookies

These are my favorite Valentine cookies. It is a variation of Eli Zabar's wonderful shortbread cookies. Actually I make this cookie dough for all ocassions.

I use different size heart shape cookie cutters or you can use a 3-inch cutter for all of them and a smaller one to cut out the center.

Valentine Linzer Cookies
36 smaller cookies, less if bigger
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3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extact
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup good raspberry preserves
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for an hour. I have left it overnight.

Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 3-inch rounds or hearts with a plain or fluted cutter. With 1/2 of the rounds/hearts, cut a hole from the middle of each with a round or heart sharped cutter. Make sure you have an equal number of plain and cut out cookies. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.

Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confections' sugar on top.


  1. I need to make more cookies -- I think these are it today! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Bev...I'm on my way! Did I ever tell you that I adore raspberry preserves?...:)JP


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