The oldest Linzer cookie recipe was written in 1653 in Austria, and over 300 years later, they are still adored today. It's easy to see why.
Remember this movie? It's one of my all-time favorites. Yeah, that's Austria, the land of "cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels"...no wonder the cookies are so good. Everything is beautiful, clean and on time in Austria. I took one of those online quizzes once that said the city that matches my personality best is Vienna...and they're right, I love Vienna.
Back to the cookies. I know they look like I spent hours making them (a bona-fide Linzer cookie or tart recipe is an involved affair, and who has time for that?), and Jacek thought they were store-bought when he saw them, but I cheated. Shhhhhh......
In our home, no food gets wasted (chickens and dogs are very helpful in this matter). Jacek was born and spent his boyhood in communist Poland, and I was raised by my father who worked on a factory line. We were both raised to be frugal.
So, after baking my pies (read this post), I set about using the leftover scraps of dough. Inspiration struck. I had a Linzer cookie cutter that I'd bought for the previous St. Valentine's Day, but had never made cookies with it.
All I had to do was re-roll the dough and cut the 'cookies'. You could even buy pre-made pie crusts (the kind that come rolled up, not the ones in a tin) if you're not planning on baking a pie, but want to make the cookies. BTW, this would be an excellent pot-luck recipe...looks impressive, tastes amazing, but quick and easy.
After using the large crinkle-edge heart cutter, I cut smaller heart shapes in half of the cookies.
All the cutters needed come with the Wilton Linzer cookie set. I used the heart shaped set, although different shapes are available.
Get it here (Note: I am not an Amazon affiliate, but wanted to make the cookie cutter set easy for you to find.)
After baking for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees...
I spread strawberry jam on the cookie bottom halves...
and sprinkled organic confectioner's sugar on the tops.
When the two halves are put together, you have these lovely little tarts.
From start to finish, it took me less than 30 minutes(using leftover dough), and what a pretty treat these would make at Christmas, St. Valentine's Day, or for any special occasion.
And they tasted as good as they looked!