Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For You, V@lentine.........

Since this is our first Valentine's Day together,
I wanted to do something special.

So I made something for you...

I hope you like them...

and can share them with the ones YOU love.....

For you, V@lentine... 

Linzer Hearts.

Two delicate hazelnut shortbread cookies...
with raspberry jam sandwiched in between...
and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

I used a very traditional recipe, but you could make these 
with a simple sugar cookie or shortbread recipe... 

{heck, you could even buy it, I won't tell...}

{Linzer Hearts}

1 1/4 cups whole hazelnuts
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
1 cup seedless raspberry jam

1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees. Toast hazelnuts until skins darken and begin to split, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a clean dish towel, and rub vigorously to remove skins; discard skins. Place nuts in a food processor; pulse until medium fine.

2.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar at medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

3.  In a large bowl, combine flour, hazelnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and zest. Add to butter mixture; beat to combine, about 1 minute. Place in freezer until very firm, about 30 minutes.

4.  Liberally dust a clean surface with flour, and roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out seventy-two hearts. To make top halves of cookies, use a 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out centers from thirty-six of the hearts.

5.  Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, and bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.

6.  Lightly sift confectioners' sugar over cookie tops. Spread about 1 teaspoon jam on each of the bottom halves, and sandwich both halves together. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe from marthastewart.com

I wish I could send a homemade Linzer Heart to every one of you, lovely readers...

but a cyber-cookie will have to do.



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  1. They are beautiful. I can almost taste them.

  2. Me too! Love the wire accessories. I think I need me some wire things.

    Lisa x

  3. Thank you, Karen! That's the idea... ;-}

  4. Thanks, Lisa! I've been eyeing the stand for a while... I'm glad it's mine now :-)

  5. What beautiful cookies! I am sure they taste just as heavenly as they look! Your pictures are gorgeous! Happy Valentine's Day and Happy White Wednesday to you!
    Best Wishes!
    Amanda - One Girl in Pink

  6. This is a really awesome post! I would like to invite you to link it up to my link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. I hope you can join in the fun! Mary :O)

  7. Too beautiful to eat, But I know they are too yummy not too.

  8. ooooh soo amazing, thanks for the recipe!! :-) Great pictures!

  9. What pretty cookies! Thank you for the recipe..I may have to try them this weekend.

  10. Okay ... a cyber cookie will have to do! At least there aren't any calories! Yours look divine!

  11. I couldn't find an email address for you. But I wanted you to know that you've been featured at Welcome Wagon Friday at Cozy Little House!

  12. This is such a beautiful post...and blog! The cookies look delish! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Just spent the last 1/2 hr scrollig thru your blog. Love it!!

  14. This is my first time visiting your blog and it is beautiful! All those pictures are gorgeous and the cookies look delicious!

  15. They look so beautiful and romantic. Loved your post today.

  16. Thank you so much to Brenda, for featuring me at Cozy Little House today!
    I'm so glad you all are enjoying the cookies ;-} ...and my blog!
    So exciting to have all these visitors!

  17. The cookies are so pretty and wish I could reach out and take one. I'm visiting from Brenda's Welcome Wagon. Lovely blog.

  18. I've enjoyed reading your blog! Your cookies look delicious!
    I have a door waiting to become a desk also, but not enough wall space to put it without covering up a closet door! Your desk looks great! I love the legs!
    You have a new follower!

  19. Oh those linzer hearts look absolutely delish. Love your blog ~ I'm your newest follower!

  20. Wonderful photos of those goodies. I love your toile platter! Thanks for finding the party.

  21. I am here to welcome you. I found your lovely blog through Brenda's Welcome Wagon. I am enjoying your blog and have become your newest follower. I hope that you will stop by and visit me sometime!

    Susan and Bentley

  22. Hi,just became your follower.Please pop over and visit me soon..xx

  23. Hi, I featured your Valentine cookies on my top ten favorite picks! Thank you for sharing this on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. Mary :O)

  24. Oh, why did I have to see that on the top of your blog the first day I went on a yeast free diet? I'll try to forgive you for making such good looking cookies! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's weekend.

  25. Wow! These are almost too beautiful to eat...almost. grin. They look so delicious! Thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence! Hope you'll visit us next week to link up another great inspiration!

    Heather@At The Picket Fence

  26. Linzer cookies are so pretty! I made some for Christmas. Yours look delicious.

  27. I'm pretty sure that I have the exact same tiered wire stand (and I love it!). Beautiful cookies, and love how they're photographed.

  28. Absolutely darling- they look delicious! Thanks for linking up to Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  29. I love, love, love the gorgeous plates those adorable cookies are on. I just found your blog this evening, and I'm adding you to my blog roll, stop by if you get a chance.

  30. I love all of these beautiful images.


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