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Mini Raspberry Linzer Cookies for Dough-Nibbling Bakers


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 there was no mention of an egg in the list of ingredients. I panicked a little, but 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.

27 thoughts on “Mini Raspberry Linzer Cookies for Dough-Nibbling Bakers

  1. Another great recipe, Geni. I’d have a hard time choosing between Nutella or raspberry. I’d just have to take both. As talented as you are in the kitchen, that is one lucky Girl Scout Troop to have you as their Leader. These cookies are just the tip of the icing bag. 🙂

  2. I’ll take one of every single one thanks 😀
    I bet it would be wonderful filled with surprise little candy hearts stuck to the jam as well!
    Perfect for valentines day!

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  3. Oh, so pretty!! I’ve had this recipe saved to try for a couple years now. I adore these cookies, I just haven’t done it yet. They are already on my list for Valentines Day THIS year!

  4. Geni these are fabulous! I love those cookie cutters. I may have to make a special trip to Michaels. And three cheers for cookie dough! I’m not sure many would get baked in this house. 😉

  5. If theres Nutella on it, count me in. Thats my favorite spread

  6. I will take one of each please 🙂 if enough dough survives and makes it to baking that is. I just love cookie dough!

  7. How pretty! These look so tasty.

  8. A lovely idea for Valentine’s Day and I’m a dough nibbler, too!

  9. I once tried to live off of cookie dough and it was wonderful failure. Nonetheless I still love making cookies like these to get my dough fix. The touch of nutella love is perfect.

  10. These look wonderful. I will have to live vicariously through you. We don’t have those cute cutters and if we buy one more thing for the kitchen it might fall in the crawl space.

  11. Geni, I always thought these were the prettiest cookies AND I thought they would be difficult to cut out and match up!! You made these look easy to do!! I love your picture, so very Valentiney!! (is that a word?) You get the idea. I love Ina’s recipes and they’ve never failed on me. I need to purchase those cute cutters and give it a try!

  12. Okay, to add to my list: awesome Linzer cookie cutter. This is so bad for me to see. I really, really want to make these now. (And I’m just like you – I cook until I realize I’m missing something…)

  13. Honestly Geni, I would’ve inhaled these too LOL. Do you see how delicious and decadent they look? Of course you do lol. I would devour these and I don’t think there would be any left lol

  14. I would certainly find these cookies a divine crunchy little treat. If, that is, I could get the dough all the way to the oven. A highly dubious possibility, that, now that you tell me this is such tasty dough!

  15. Oh how cute! I’m SO glad they turned out! And that they have nutella in the center. Win.

  16. Wow these look gorgeous!! I’ve never attempted to make them, though. Maybe this year…

  17. What adorable cookies! No wonder the girls loved them so much. Getting to eat the raw batter is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

  18. This looks like a fun recipe to bake with my boys! I agree with John, toss up between the jam and nutella or maybe a little of both! Cute cookie cutters, will have to buy some.

  19. Sooo adorable, Geni! What a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day. So festive of you. I’m definitely one to nibble on the cookie dough throughout the baking process. It’s so addicting! All that raw egg yumminess…

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  23. Love these cookies, you did such an awesome job with them!! Totally missed your blog while I was away from the blogosphere!

  24. It looks like you had so much fun! I love Ina, nothing she makes ever fails! These look like they’re basically a short dough…..those are my favorite cookies 🙂

  25. Beautiful and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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