These happy little gluten free cookies are perfect for your Valentine. I make them every year for Christmas - but they are perfect all year round. Try different types of fruit jams - seasonally (strawberry-rhubarb would be fantastic for 4th of July.) They are always a favorite, and usually the first cookie to disappear. When Deanna comes home, she always asks me "Mom, did you make the Linzers?" They take a little time, but they are so worth the effort!
Gluten Free Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Makes 2 dozen gluten-free cookies
Good quality raspberry jam - I love Bon Maman (the jam with the red and white gingham lid)
1 cup of cold unsalted butter
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 large eggs (room temperature)
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of bourbon vanilla extract
3/4 cup of cornstarch
3 1/2 to 4 cups of gluten-free flour (I use
1/4 cup of powdered sugar (for dusting the tops)
Place the butter and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream the butter and sugar together (med-low speed) - it's best to use the flat beater attachment for this if you have one.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula after each. Stir in the vanilla extract, salt, and the cornstarch.
Add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, on medium-low to avoid having a flour covered kitchen!
Add flour (up to the 4 cups) until the dough pulls away from the sides. Scrape dough out of the mixing bowl and into a gallon zip-lock bag.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees while you roll out the cookies.
Roll cookies out on parchment or a silicone rolling mat, to about 3/8 of an inch. Use a round or heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the cookies. In half of the cookies, cut out a "window" with a smaller cookie cutter. Here is where you can get creative - I used a heart, but use whatever shape fits the occasion - stars for 4th of July or Christmas.
Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges just barely brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
To assemble the cookies: Spread jam on the cookies without the 'windows'. Place cookie with 'window' on top of the jam. Dust with powdered sugar - I use a small sifter to do this. Pin this recipe for later
Let me know how you liked them! What flavor of jam did you choose?
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