|Love my new linzer cookie cutter set!|
The first thing you have to do is toast the hazelnuts. All the recipes I saw call for either almonds or hazelnuts, which I didn't know (then again I just confessed I really knew nothing about linzers so I guess that is not surprising). I used hzelnuts, roasted them in the oven, and then peeled off as many of the skins as I could. This took a while since all I had were chopped hazelnuts, but it was okay. I got to use my awesome food processor again! Then I made the cookie dough, which besides the nuts also has cinnamon and nutmeg for flavoring, and let it chill for an hour. Then it was time to use my new linzer cookie cutter set, which I am officially in love with. The cookies come out the same perfect size with a fluted edge, and the contraption has a little pushy-thing that pushes the cookie out of the cutter, so you don't have to fight with it. But the coolest part is that there are interchangable tiny cookie cutters that you can attach that cut out a small shape from the center of the cookie. This allows you to make some cookies (the bottoms) that are just plain fluted circles, and the tops with a little cut-out. I had several different shapes to choose from, and it was fun rolling out the dough and deciding which little cutter to use. A note about baking: check them after 11 minutes in the oven. The recipe says 12-15 minutes, but mine were done after 11.
|Love the way the sugar looked after I dusted!|