Lavender Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are two cookies sandwiched together with a layer of jam or preserves in the middle. I first made them last year for a double celebration of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day which fell on the same day. These delightful cookies were delicious and very pretty to look at. Our friend’s daughter loved it so much, I packed a few more for her to take home. She apparently kept the cookies out of reach of her younger brother and slowly savored them. When I visited my girlfriend in England this past summer, she also requested for me to make them. Good thing I had my recipe link on-line. :)

This time round, I wanted to make it a little different. Using my Lavender Almond Cookies as a guide, I made these lavender scented shells instead. These shells are really great with a layer of lemon curd. That’s my personal preference, but the family likes them with raspberry or strawberry jam. Not a problem at all as they can be spread with whatever jam or preserve you have available in your pantry.

Again I made two batches of cookies – one with all-purpose flour (shown here in the step-by-step pictures) and a gluten-free version using my GF Flour Mix for Cookies.

Lavender Linzer Cookies
 
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Serves: 22 sandwiched cookies
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp culinary lavender
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (225g) butter
  • ½ cup (110g) sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup jam or preserves (choice of raspberry, strawberry, lemon curd)
Instructions
  1. Crush lavender using a pestle and mortar. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, crushed lavender, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as possible. Mix in the rest. Add milk and knead until dough comes together. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2-inch fluted cookie cutter. With half of the rounds cut a hole in the middle using small cookie cutters**. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature.
  5. Spread jam or preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust cut-out cookie with powdered sugar and press the flat side onto solid cookie with jam or preserves in the middle and powdered sugar on the top.
Notes
** If you are using a linzer cookie mould, cut half of the rounds with small cookie cutter insert and the other half without the insert.


Gluten-Free Lavender Linzer Cookies
 
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Serves: 22 sandwiched cookies
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups (350g) GF Flour Mix for Cookies*
  • 2 tbsp culinary lavender
  • 1½ tsp guar gum
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (225g) butter
  • ½ cup (110g) sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup jam or preserves (choice of raspberry, strawberry, lemon curd)
Instructions
  1. Crush lavender using a pestle and mortar. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, crushed lavender, guar gum, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as possible. Mix in the rest. Add milk and knead until dough comes together. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2-inch fluted cookie cutter. With half of the rounds cut a hole in the middle using small cookie cutters**. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature.
  5. Spread jam or preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust cut-out cookie with powdered sugar and press the flat side onto solid cookie with jam or preserves in the middle and powdered sugar on the top.
Notes
Please refer to Cheese and Bacon Biscuits post for the GF Flour Mix for Cookies.

* If you are using a linzer cookie mould, cut half of the rounds with small cookie cutter insert and the other half without the insert.

Cookies on the top plate are made using all-purpose flour and the ones on the bottom plate are made using my GF Flour Mix for Cookies.

The two versions look very similar – gluten-free on the left and regular on the right. The gluten-free flour dough came together a little easier as it is lighter. The cookies held together very well and have a melt-in the-mouth texture.

This is my second batch of cookies to Rebecka’s Christmas Cookie Exchange-Linky Party. This is so much fun! :)

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)

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Comments

  1. says

    Pretty cookies you baked, Biren! I like it that you’re so thoughtful to have the regular and the gluten-free recipes for your cookies so that everyone gets to enjoy these yummy treats! 😉
    Happy weekend!

    • Biren says

      Thanks Lyn! I did not want my eldest son to be left out. That is why I don’t bake as often as I would like to unless I can make something gluten-free for him as well.

  2. says

    Oh, Biren, I would love to come right over to bake with you. Haven’t made Linzer cookies in such a long time, and yours turned out so beautiful. Love the specks of the lavender touch in the dough…such a clever idea. The little cutouts are so cute. I only have just the one cutout from the entire set, will have to look for more. The heart shaped one is so cute, as well!

    Photos are beautiful, as well. So complimentary with the Christmas ornaments, bows, and candy in the background! Absolutely superb, my dear friend. You know, you are always welcome to come and visit me…no snow, or super cold weather here! We would have fun, baking together!
    Hugs,

    • Biren says

      It would be fun to bake with you. One of these days I should go south to visit to get a short reprieve from this cold weather. Thank you so much for the invite. :)

  3. says

    Look at that! PERFECT holiday cookies :)

    These look so good with the holiday colors and those adorable shapes with the snow-like dusting of sugar. You go Biren! My holiday baking begins next week…last minute, last minute, I know right!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  4. says

    Gorgeous cookies Biren! I love the addition of lavender! I’m making Linzer cookies for the first time this year – hope they come out as nice as yours.

  5. says

    Hi Biren,
    Love your blog and all the recipes.
    You’re a passionate baker and I would love to invite you to join World Homebakers Alliance. :)

    My mission is to
    – Unite every passionate homebakers in this planet.
    – Making them the preferred choice (compare to factory products) by the consumers.

    Please join us and improve homebaking.

    http://homebakers-alliance.com/

    You can share your recipe with us here or even join the crazy experiment contest. :)

  6. says

    Hi Biren, these are lovely holiday cookies! I think lavender goes so well with any types of fruit jams too. It adds nice flavors. It looks like you had great influence from your trip to England. I must go there to get inspired. :-)

    • Biren says

      Hi Yi, thanks for visiting and commenting! I have always liked Linzer cookies as they look so pretty and festive. Lavender and jam do go quite well together.

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