Cookies are undoubtedly a major part of the Christmas season. I love that most families have their own cookie traditions they make each year, all unique and especially tasty to them. For my family, it has always been noel balls, also known as Mexican wedding cookies, or my Mom’s famous shortbread pink-pig cookies. I love both of these cookies and the taste and the sight of them instantly bring back the warm feelings of Christmas. I have always thought linzer cookies are especially beautiful. The jam filled center and powder sugar are so gorgeous, and rather impressive in both their flavor and looks! I made these and they were a hit! I plan on shifting these into the mix of our family’s tradition of Christmas cookies! What cookies or treats have become a tradition in your household around the holidays?
You will need:
3 sticks of butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup good raspberry preserves
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting In a mixing bowl cream together 3 sticks of butter. Add 1 cup of sugar and mix together until combined. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. In a bowl sift together 3 1/2 cups of flour and 1/4 salt. Slowly add flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix on high until the mixtures become combined well and bigger chunks form. The mixture will not form into a complete ball but do not fret! On a floured surface form dough into a flat ball, refrigerate for 30 minutes.Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch think. Cut out cookies! Preheat oven to 350˚. Place cookies on cookie sheet cut out half of the cookies center with a smaller shape of your choice! Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are brown! Let cookies cool completely! Spread jam on half of the cookie and top with the cookie with the cut out! Top with sifted powder sugar!