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Linzer Heart Cookies

 Linzer Heart Cookies
This specialty cookie takes a little extra effort, but the delectable results are well worth it. I bake the tender jam-filled hearts when I need something fancy to serve for Valentine's Day or other special occasions.
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • Raspberry jam
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the
  • flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to
  • the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in almonds. Refrigerate for 1
  • hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. From the center of half
  • the cookies, cutout a 1-1/2-in. heart or round shape.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes
  • or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Spread 1/2 teaspoon jam over the bottom of the solid cookies;

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Linzer Heart Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Sprinkle cutout cookies with confectioners' sugar; carefully place
  • over jam. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 163 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 101 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.