These delicate, raspberry or Nutella filled mini Linzer cookies are rich and buttery, just slightly crispy and have so few ingredients, you are guaranteed to have them on hand. This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa and requires NO EGGS which concerned me at the get-go, but after tasting them, I was sold and so was my Girl Scout Troop as they
nibbled inhaled the raw cookie dough sans salmonella.
I have to admit, that I am NOT a Mise En Place kind of girl. I usually dive into recipes without a care in the world until I realize that I need something that is not sitting in my pantry and have to run out to the store mid-stream. So, on the day of my Girl Scout troop meeting, literally minutes before I had to be at the school picking them up, I realized that this recipe did not include an egg in the list of ingredients and I was a bit perplexed. I had never made any cookies without eggs before and worried that my troop might end up a little disappointed with the results. I trudged forward and threw the batter together anyway. What else could I do?
When telling the girls that we would be baking Raspberry Linzer cookies, I added a disclaimer. “They may not turn out…not sure…really haven’t made cookies without eggs before BUT and here’s the biggest BUT…the dough is safe to eat as-is, raw so feel free to nibble on the dough as we bake.” The cheers could have been heard down the block.
This was a pretty big coup as far as my girls were concerned. They were being told they could EAT THE COOKIE DOUGH! This cookie project ended up being a huge success as girls happily cut out and nibbled on dough, chatted away and spread Nutella or Jam on their cookies while being politely asked not to lick their fingers.
As icing on the cake or perhaps more like powdered sugar on the cookies, they got to use the coolest cookie cutter EVER. Really. It’s from Wilton and I picked it up from our local Michael’s craft store for $4.99. It cuts beautiful mini Linzer cookies AND has a choice of six differently shaped centers to cut out. The girls would twist on and off the little centers of the cookie cutters and choose the design of their liking. What fun for kids and adults alike!
I hope you get a chance to make this traditional Valentine’s Day cookie because they are oh-so-beautiful and just as delicious—and you have MY permission to nibble on the dough!
Mini Linzer Valentine Cookies
From Ina Garten of the Food Network
3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup good raspberry preserves
1/2 c. Nutella for centers
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
For the Cookies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter. With 1/2 of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a heart or spade shaped cutter. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.
Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners’ sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and or Nutella and the confectioners’ sugar on the top.
February 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm
WOW! Those look so good! I love eating cookie dough…. it has a totally different but equally delicious flacor as the baked version.
February 12, 2011 at 6:18 am
Maybe you should come over and make and eat some!
February 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Wonderful! They looks so cute and extremely delicious! Nice photos as always!
February 12, 2011 at 6:19 am
Thank you…making them minis did seem more fun for some reason.
February 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm
These sound so good! AND, I could even veganize them and eat them tonight if I was feeling really energetic. 🙂
February 12, 2011 at 6:39 am
What do you replace the butter with?
February 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm
These are perfect for valentine’s and the Nutella filling sounds wonderful!
February 12, 2011 at 6:41 am
Thanks. The girls LOVED using Nutella.
February 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Sounds like you were a complete hero to those girls! Those are perfect Valentine cookies.
February 12, 2011 at 6:36 am
Yes, they thought I was pretty cool to give them the green light to eat the dough. Thank you!
February 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm
I haven’t visited your blog for a bit now but I realize I have really been missing out! As I am reading, I can’t help but think I wish we were friends, then I would be over everyday to eat all the wonderfullness you are creating! Amazing.
February 12, 2011 at 6:35 am
I do bake for my friends alot. Maybe it’s because I am just that sweet OR perhaps it’s because I want to fatten up the people around me so I look thinner? ;p
February 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Geni, I like how you got World Nutella Day and Valentine’s Day together in this post – very clever. The cookies do look easy and fun, especially with edible cookie dough (not that the raw egg thing ever scared me).
Now I want to get one of those cookie cutters, but I have to ask about the $ tattoo on one of your “models”. Or is it just a marker-made reminder to visit the ATM?
February 12, 2011 at 6:28 am
Some of the girls don’t like jam (for shame!) so I had to come up with another easy filling on the spot and had a jar of Nutella in the pantry. Is that weird or does everyone have Nutella at the ready? As for the tattoo, it was just drawn on. Perhaps a reminder to bring money to school the next day?
February 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Using Nutella to fill the cookies is a wonderful idea. As a matter of fact, I wish I’d thought of the idea. Have a great Valentine’s day. Blessings…Mary
February 12, 2011 at 6:32 am
Thank you. Nutella did taste absolutely delicious in them!
February 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Like everyone else is saying: “Nutella in a Linzer?” Nothing short of a revelation. Nice post and such pretty, pretty pictures!
February 12, 2011 at 6:31 am
I didn’t realize that I started a new “thing”. Thanks for the compliments!
February 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm
I always eat the dough, eggs or not! But I use eggs from the local farm which I consider far safer than supermarket eggs. And Nutella is such a brilliant filling for these cookies!
February 12, 2011 at 6:23 am
Some of my Girl Scouts don’t like jelly…necessity was the mother of invention in this case.
February 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm
Wow those cookies are perfect!
February 12, 2011 at 6:22 am
Thank you! The cool cookie cutters helped alot.
February 12, 2011 at 10:32 am
Great photos they look so yummy:)
February 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm
oh those are too cute and look DELICIOUS!
February 13, 2011 at 2:24 am
Oh, these are some beautiful and delicious looking linzer cookies! And I think any thing mini are super cute! 🙂 So perfect for Valentine’s Day treats.
February 13, 2011 at 6:51 am
Thank you for all the nice compliments!
February 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Love, love, love these! I am too intimidated by rolling dough to try them!
February 14, 2011 at 9:25 am
Once you try it, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is.
February 14, 2011 at 11:35 am
Love these! Thanks for sharing :))
PS. I gave you a blog award!
February 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Thank you so much! 🙂
February 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Geni, I love linzer cookies, but never made them…yours look so cute, absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day the heart shape 🙂
February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am
I’m always a fan of eating the batter and tend to do it whether there are eggs or not…but I guess i’ll have to get better about that when I have kids.
These cookies turned out fabulous! I love that you filled the linzers with nutella. Good call.
February 15, 2011 at 10:44 am
Geni, I never thought to put nutella in a linzer cookie! Sounds so delicious! I definitely have to try that out!