TWD: Linzer Sablés
This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Linzer Sablés selected by Noskos of Living the Life! I was so excited to see that someone finally picked this recipe because it is one that I have been dying to make since I bought Baking From my Home to Yours. I love Linzer cookies- but the ones that I'm familiar with are more of a tender butter cookie with raspberry jam sandwiched between them- these cookies are different from the delicate little tea cookie that were always such a special treat. Dorie uses a spicey, nutty, and very sturdy cookie to sandwich together the jam. The dough is comprised of ground almonds, flour, sugar, butter, an egg, and the surprise guests: cinnamon and cloves.
Now, this isn't the first time that the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers have encountered Dorie's masterful approach to combining spices with sweet fruit spreads (and even chocolate)- but again, I was a little ambivilant about whether or not the strong aromas of cinnamon and more particularly cloves would overpower the sweet and tart jam. And...again I worried for nought. This is a wonderful cookie for Christmas and it's even fancy enough to present as dessert alongside vanilla ice cream at a dinner party (like I did last night- nothing like combining TWD with real life!). Raspberry jam is my favorite, but sadly my local grocery was out of it so I used a tart blackberry jam and I was very pleased with the results.
I was also really happy with the process of rolling the freshly mixed dough out between two pieces of waxed paper and then chilling the dough. In the past I have always chilled dough as a little disk and then rolled it out once it was cold enough- but I can assure you that I won't do that again! This way, you simply pop the rolled dough out of the fridge and cookie-cut away! As always with Tuesdays with Dorie, you can find this recipe on the blog of th person who selected it and in Dorie's wonderful book!