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Tuesdays With Dorie: Linzer Sables and Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies

December 9, 2008

This post is a doubleheader, with last week’s Linzer Sables and this week’s Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies. The TWD bakers are kicking off December with three cookie recipes in a row.  I made all three this week, but you’ll have to wait until next Tuesday to read about the Buttery Jam Cookies. I brought all three to a party and didn’t bring home any leftovers!

Linzer Sables

Thank you to Dennis of Living the Life for selecting this recipe!

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What I did: The recipe called for ground hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts. I actually thought it would be good with pecans, but my grocery store was out of ground pecans, and no way was I grinding them myself, so I went with the walnuts.  I also decided to sandwich the cookies with apricot jam.

How it went: The dough came together just fine. After mixing, I rolled it out and refrigerated it overnight. Pulling the rolled dough out of the fridge and cutting it was so easy – I’ll definitely try this technique next time I make cut out cookies. I always seem to end up with a hard chunk of dough and then I need to let it warm up before I can roll and cut it. The dough got soft really quickly, so I had to re-chill the scraps before I could cut out more cookies.  Some of the other bakers said that the suggested 1/4 inch was too thick if you’re going to sandwich them, so I rolled the dough thinner.  I am not, however, the best roller of dough, so my cookies are not all the same thickness. Which means, of course, that the thinner ones got browner. How many times have I gone through this and why have I not bought those ring things that go on the rolling pin so that you don’t have to wing it? I don’t know. But really, they didn’t turn out too bad. I had a cookie cutter kind of like the one in the picture in the book and I made the peek-a-boo cutout so you can see the jam through the top cookie. With powdered sugar sprinkled on top, these were really pretty!

How it tasted: I’m a shameless cookie dough eater, and I hate to say it, but the dough didn’t taste good. I tasted some of the scraps that I baked and they were OK, but not very sweet. But with the sweet jam, they were really good.  I like the texture of the ground nuts.

Would I make this again?: Yes, especially if I needed to bring cookies somewhere, because they’re really pretty as well as tasty. I’d try them with pecans or almonds next time. And…next time I’ll be prepared, because I bought some rolling pin guides!

Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies

This recipe was selected by Ulrike of Küchenlatein – one of our international bakers!

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What I did: I cut the recipe in half because I’m not a fan of sugar cookies. I wanted to give them a try, though, because I’ve never made a sugar cookie recipe.

How it went: This was another easy one to put together. I shaped the soft, sticky dough into a log and put it in the fridge overnight. When I sliced it the next day, it was still pretty soft, so next time I’d freeze the dough for an easy to slice log (or roll and freeze if using cookie cutters). They baked nicely and I spread half with melted white chocolate and half with melted chocolate chips and rolled all of them in crushed candy cane.  They looked very festive and cute!

How it tasted: The dough was really good, but I think they had less flavor after baking. However, with the chocolate and peppermint, they were really tasty! I had planned on flavoring them with lemon, which I think would be really good. These were myhusband’s favorite out of the three types of cookies and I think they were mine too.

Would I make this again?: Although I’m a huge fan of shortbread for sliced and cut out cookies, I would make these again. I’d like to try the lemon and also try making these as cut outs.   These are a great blank canvas for frostings and flavorings.

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5 comments

  1. both of them look great!! the sugar cookies look delicious with the toppings you used. yum 🙂 i agree, the linzer dough wasn’t that good… but the sugar cookie dough was irresistible…


  2. Beautiful cookies. I love the idea of white chocolate and peppermint.


  3. These look lovely! Love the peppermint. Why didn’t I think of that?


  4. I LOVE that chocolate and the peppermint!! I would eat a hundred of those!


  5. I am not a fan of Linzers either, I agree slice and bake cookies are great.

    Thanks for joining TWD and baking with me

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein



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