Rasberry Apricot Linzer

These stained glass-like cookies are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

Rasberry-Apricot Linzer
Makes about 24 sandwich cookies
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup plus 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, and salt. With a mixer at low speed, add cold butter, beating until mixture is crumbly. Beat in egg, egg yolk, lemon extract, and lemon zest. Increase mixer speed to medium-low, and beat until a dough starts to form. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. On a heavily floured surface, roll dough ¼ inch thick. Using a 2-inch star-shaped cutter, cut dough, and place on prepared pans. Using a smaller star-shaped cutter, cut centers from half of cookies.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. In a small bowl, combine raspberry jam and apricot preserves. Spread about ½ teaspoon filling onto flat side of all solid cookies. Place cookies with cutouts, flat side down, on top of filling. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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