Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies (Tutorial and Recipe)



I know I promised to post the artisan bread recipe, but I woke up extra early to make linzer cookies this morn' and, by golly, I've just been so excited about them that the mess (that resulted from the baking, mixing, etcing) really didn't take the joy away from the whole experience! See, I'm speaking in run-ons. I. am. excited!

So what's so exciting about waking up at the crack o' dawn to make a batch of gluten-free linzer cookies? The dream becoming a reality, people! What dream? I've been wanting to make linzer cookies forever. Even before going gluten-free. But I just thought they were too pretty for my butterfingers. I thought I'd mess them up and disappoint Martha or Ina, whose shadows haunt me like Marley's ghost when I FAIL. (Except theirs are wearing some kind of perfectly pressed buttoned up pastel shirt with a semi-popped collar.)


But even they might give me at least a teeny-tiny grin for today's attempt. The hours of waiting, stirring, blending (that would be for the filling), jam-smothering, powder-sugar-sprinkling, and baking all paid off! Sure, some are a little ugly (I grounded them from receiving close-up camera time), but they're good. Yep, the husband approves.

One thing I should note, the filling is homemade but not truly jam-like. I made it more gluey because I didn't want to deal with a wet mess. The end result? Sandwich cookies that stuck! Yeah! No water was added to the filling, just strawberries, sugar, a little packet of knox, and a tablespoon of corn starch. Read on for the tutorial, if you wish :).


So that's how you should flatten out the dough before sticking it in the freezer, and how you should sprinkle it with white rice flour before rolling it out. (I like to use aluminum foil when rolling the dough/cutting the cookies, so I can just put the cookies right on the baking sheet without having to move them.) The red stuff is the strawberry filling, before it chilled, it's thick.


Roll out the dough nice and flat, it's a bit thick in the picture. Roll it out to slightly more than 1/4 of an inch. The dough should be easy to work with, making the cookie-cutting experience a fairly painless one :).


Be sure to use "nesting cookie cutters", as pictured on the far left. And... the next picture? What the cookies should look like when you've baked, jammed, and sprinkled them.


Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies (with strawberry filling)

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17 comments:

Jeanine said...

Oh my goodness! Hang onto that cookie in the top pic, I'll be right there!! :) they look fantastic! I've never tried making them either, but it sure looks like you nailed it! Great job!

Neysa said...

So nice for Valentine's Day! I've never tried Linzer cookies before but your recipe looks so good I think I have to try it. Love the home made filling, too.

Bridgett said...

These are really beautiful and kudos to you for waking up at the crack of dawn to make them! Now that is what I call dedication. I've never made Linzer cookies and I am so impressed with yours. Happy Valentine's, Sophie.

 r4 revolution for ds said...

Looks so yummy! It sounds very delicious. Thanks for this recipe. I would like to make it at valentine day.

Tracy said...

Well worth the effort... these are sooo lovey, Sophie! Thank for an excellent step-by-step. Wishing you a sweet Valentine Weekend ahead :o) ((HUGS)

Alexa said...

Sophie,
Wow- these are gorgeous! They belong in a magazine--or on my table with a cup of tea come to think of it. :-) Thank you for this post. If time permits, I'll try to make them with my kids this weekend.

grace said...

sophie, these are outstanding! even the ones banished from the pictures must be delicious. i applaud your efforts in creating heart-shaped perfection. :)

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Wow, these are just picture-perfect. I will definitely be giving these a try. Soon! Perfect for Valentine's, indeed...I think I'll be giving these to my Valentine; thanks for the idea ;-)

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! Those look gorgeous! I can't believe they're gluten free!

Monica H said...

These are picture perfect Sophie! Congratulations on your linzer cookie success.

I love that you made these with strawberry instead of raspberry too. yummy!

Y said...

Those look amazing! I love jammy cookies. The recipe looks really good too - I happen to have some of those flours in my cupboard and they've been sitting there for quite some time, unloved. Good to see they can be finally put to some use afterall :)

Emily said...

Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. How did you ever make them so perfect??

Marysol said...

Sophie, these cookies look so ethereal, I'm sure it made your Valentine swoon!

I'll confess, for the last 20 years, I've been considering making Linzer Cookies (I'm a little slow), and it took this prophetic entry to give me the final push.

Deborah said...

I have never made linzer cookies, but now I really want to !

vickys said...

I'm so jealous! My linzer cookies would stay crisp for long. and it was too wet to cut. Do you think it's because of the humidity in Singapore? And the HOT weather?

gluten-free-foodie.net said...

these are beautiful!

gluten-free-foodie.net said...

i remember these pictures from Valentine's Day. I don't know why I didn't comment then. They look exquisite! I'm sure I can find an excuse before Valentine's Day to make them. ;)