Fabulous Food Fotography Friday & Whole Wheat Linzer Cookies

I remember vividly tasting those jam filled cookies in one of the Christmas German Markets, many many years ago. Amongst all the trinkets, German sausages, Merry wheels, Christmas stolens and palmistry huts, those snow dusted cookies stood out of the crowd, in that carnival. That was a good 12 years ago, or perhaps more. I did not know what they are called back then, neither did I dissect the taste of what went in the cookies so-I-could-recreate-it-at-home habit unlike nowadays. But what happened next was, I would eagerly wait for the troop to come back, year after year, so I could immerse in those ‘carnival’ cookies again.

Then many years later, something magical happened.

A German medical student did her attachment in my unit, and after much mentoring and the new-found friendship, she also came to know about my passion for baking. Before she left, she gave me a handmade booklet of German recipes as a thank-you note, and the booklet remains one of the most treasured gift I ever received thus far. Of course by this point, I already knew those jam-filled cookies are called Linzer cookies but thanks to Anke, I finally managed to get my hands on an authentic homemade Linzer recipe, just like how her 90-year-old Grandma would make at home, Christmas after Christmas, without fail.

I am not one to wait for festive season just to have cookies, and judging by the love for Cookies that my daughter demonstrates so far, those Linzer were made in haste and the only slight adaptation I made to Anke’s original recipe was to use whole wheat flour. You’d think it was my deliberate healthier route, but no, truth is, surprise surprise, I just ran out plain flour! With the mixing already running with butter and brown sugar, and eggs all set on the counter, I decided against yet another trip to the grocery store! It was really a blessing in disguise, as the cookies turned out gorgeously delicious and next time, I sure will use more whole wheat for my bakes.

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On a different housekeeping note, I am happy to receive entries for today’s Fabulous Food Fotography Friday, bring in the gorgeous pics! If you don’t have time to do a new blog post just for the event, you can submit your entry of the week, as long as mention a link of this event on your post, and contains a picture relevant to Food Photography. The round-up will be by this weekend:-)
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Whole Wheat Linzer cookies
250g unsalted butter
120g brown sugar
170g almond meal
200g whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
Strawberry preserve (approx few tablespoons as filling)
Confectioner’s sugar-for liberal dusting

1. Cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and almost pale.
2. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract.
3. Gradually add in the combined almond and whole wheat flours, cinnamon,allspice powder,and salt.
4. Remove from mixer and using clean hands, forma dough. If the dough is too soft to be rolled, keep in the fridge for interim 30 minutes.
5. Roll the dough onto 1/6 thickness circle. Cut out the cookie using Linzer cookie cutter ( where there is a premade cut-out shapes in the middle). Otherwise cut out the middle using a smaller cookie cutter of various shape. The idea is to sandwich both cookies together and the ‘window’ would allow jam in the middle to be visible.
6. Bake in preheated oven of 175C for 13-15 minutes or until the cookies are almost golden.
7. Cool the cookies on the rack.
8.Assemble the cookies just prior to serving. Sandwich 2 cookies with small amount of jam filling and dust the cookies with some powdered sugar.

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9 thoughts on “Fabulous Food Fotography Friday & Whole Wheat Linzer Cookies”

  1. Wow…these cookies looks amazing…Linzer cookies were on my to do list for this christmas…Would love to try your recipe and will let you know, how they turned up…BTW were they crispy or chewy?

    1. Suhaina: Actually the butter was not that much if you look at the total amount of flours ( almond meals and whole wheat is 370g) and I have dialled down the sugar. Buttery, yes but you should try some when you come next time, a little indulgence is ok once in a while:-)

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