First off, SEEING MY SISTER IS THE BEST! Lots of pictures and stories to come, but for now… a recipe. It’s almost February, dear reader! Do you have your Valentine’s plans all sorted out yet? We’re getting started on our 14 Dates of Valentines and it’s turned out to be a great project!
I thought that Valentine’s is the perfect time to make linzer cookies. They’re so beautiful, and I think that heart-shaped linzer cookies are the prettiest.
They’re just SO pretty. Sigh. Even when they’re not perfect (you can see that mine are definitely not perfect).
I’d never made shortbread cookies before, so I have a few tips, based on my experience. When I first tried rolling out the dough, it was REALLY crumbly and falling apart. I thought it was ruined and there was no way they could possibly turn out. I let the dough sit for a few minutes more, and it softened enough that I was able to patch together the dough and roll it out completely smoothly.
As you can see, my cookies were not perfect. If you want yours to look better than mine, you can really shape the window cookies before baking them. When you cut out the centers on the baking sheet instead of the counter, they tend to hold their shape better (at least they did in my experience)
Feel free to use any flavor jam or nuts you fancy. I bet these would be great with pecans and blueberry jam, almonds and cherry jam, or walnuts and blackberry jam.
Slightly adapted from Babble