Living in the town of North Pole, it's no surprise that Heather Peters enjoys Christmas baking! "My mom and I used to make these cookies together," she recalls. "Now that I am married and living in Alaska, I love to bake them for my own family. They remind me of home!"
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
- Confectioners' sugar
- 6 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
- In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
- Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Roll out remaining dough; cut with a 2-1/2-in. floured doughnut cutter so the center is cut out of each cookie.
- Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- Spread melted chocolate over the bottoms of solid cookies. Place cookies with cutout centers over chocolate. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam in center of each cookie. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Linzer Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p7
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