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White House Raspberry Linzer Cookies

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  • Brief Description

    Mom got this recipe one year when the Carter White House published their Christmas cookies recipes. Beautiful to look at, even better to eat. Cut them in any shape that fits the occasion, and make sure to slather them with raspberry jam! You can use either red or black raspberry.

  • Main Ingredient

    Raspberry Jam, Almonds

  • Category:  Cookies and Brownies

  • Cuisine:  American

  • Prep Time:  200 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  8 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

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  • Tags:

    Family Holidays Seasonal Party

  • Notes:

    DON'T SKIMP ON PRESERVES! I thought the flavor improved on the second day! Keep in a sealed storage container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Store between layers of parchment paper. After 4 days they begin to dry out.

  • Posted By:  carolcooks

  • Posted On:  Jan 22, 2017

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  1. 2/3 cups - Almonds (can substitute Hazelnuts)
  2. 1/2 cups - Light Brown Sugar packed
  3. 2 1/2 cups - All Purpose Flour spooned and leveled
  4. 1/2 teaspoons - Baking Powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoons - Kosher Salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoons - Ground Cinnamon
  7. 1 cups - Unsalted Butter room temperature
  8. 1 - Egg large
  9. 1 teaspoons - Pure Vanilla Extract
  10. 2 tablespoons - Powdered Sugar for dusting
  11. 1 jars - Seedless Raspberry Preserves (red or black raspberry)


Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven until lightly browned and fragrant, about 6-10 minutes. They will continue to cook outside of the oven so make sure to take them out as soon as you can smell them! Let cool.

While your almonds cool, whisk together flour, baking power, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Process the almonds and a ¼ cup of the brown sugar in a food processor until they are finely ground. Be sure to pulse so as not to make almond butter.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and remaining ¼ cup brown sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Reduce speed to low and gradually add the ground almonds, then add the flour mixture in several additions. Mix until just combined being careful not to over mix.

Divide the dough in half, shape into disks, wrap securely in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm but not hard! If you want to prepare the dough the night before, just allow the disks to warm up on the counter until they are still firm but not soft.

Preheat oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out using 3 inch cookie cutter and place on prepared baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart. Using a 1 inch cookie cutter cut out the centers of half of the rounds, re-rolling the scraps. Bake the bottoms and the tops (the ones with the holes) on separate cookie sheets!

Bake, one sheet at a time, rotating the cookie sheet half way through, until the edges begin to brown, 8-10 minutes. [I baked the tops 6-8 minutes] Cool slightly on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When the tops have partially cooled, dust them generously with powdered sugar.

Spread about 1 teaspoon of preserves on each cookie without holes. You can use a little more if you like, but I didn’t want the raspberry flavor to overpower the almond flavor. Place a powdered top on each bottom and press gently to stick them together!


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