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Hot Chocolate Linzer Cookies

This is like having hot chocolate in a cookie. These adorable cookies are filled with marshmallow creme to make them taste even more authentic. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups marshmallow creme

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, ground almonds, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/16-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. gingerbread man cookie cutter. Using a floured 3/4-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut a heart from half of the cookies.
  • Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread the bottom of each solid cookie with 1 tablespoon marshmallow creme; gently place cutout cookies over creme. Store in an airtight container.
To Make Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days in advance. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling out. Cookies can be baked 1 week ahead of time and stored in an airtight container or frozen for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 236 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • uwp-ie
    Jan 25, 2013

    I honestly don't know what the test kitchen was thinking. If you make one cookie and eat it immediately, it is awesome. If you make a whole batch - there's no good way to store them.Changes I made: did a simple round shape instead of trying to spread into arms / legs / heads. I skipped the Linzer aspect - filling *never* sets, thus can't be stacked if there's a cut-out. I also rolled out in powdered sugar instead of flour - that way there isn't white gunk all over the dark cookie. And getting dough to 1/16" seemed silly, so I just did between 1/4" and 1/8".For the person looking for nut substitutes - the almonds seem to be more about texture than flavour. So swap peanuts for tree nuts. Try graham cracker crumbs or crushed GrapeNuts.

  • cbunnums
    Jan 17, 2013

    So disappointed. For the work involved, the taste is so-so and the marshmallow creme looks like the picture for two minutes before it spread, dripped, and generally made a mess. Not warm where the cookies cooled, so it was not due to a warm kitchen. The idea is cute and the recipe has potential. I would like to know if the TOH test kitchen had the same problems or offer some solutions.

  • cbunnums
    Jan 17, 2013

    So disappointed. For the work involved, the taste is so-so and the marshmallow creme looks like the picture for two minutes before it spread, dripped, and generally made a mess. Not warm where the cookies cooled, so it was not due to a warm kitchen. The idea is cute and the recipe has potential. I would like to know if the TOH test kitchen had the same problems or offer some solutions.

  • ALCfood
    Dec 25, 2012

    These cookies were yummy! Reminds me of Hot Chocolate, not to sweet. But watch out for marshmallow cream. It spread easily, but finished and stacked them on cookie platter. Came back and the tops of the cookies had slid and not neat and cute anymore. Must lay completely flat once assembled.

  • KimRobbinsOH
    Dec 21, 2012

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    Dec 16, 2012

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    Dec 15, 2012

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  • leighannwoj
    Dec 13, 2012

    These are super cute and sound really tasty, but in our family there are nut allergies. Can you suggest a substitute for the ground almonds? Also wondering if you do anything to the marshmallow creme to make it more "spreadable."

  • david
    Dec 13, 2012

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  • carolynfoote
    Dec 12, 2012

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