This are the favorite cookies from a very good friend of mine. So I made a whole batch for him. When you eat one, you have the perfect cookie flavour explosion in your mouth - the thin crunchy biscuit with the jam in the middle and the sweetnes from the confectioners sugar on top - perfect!
~ "Spitzbuebe" - Linzer cookies ~
I used raspberry jam in the middle, but you can use whatever you like. I just suggest to use something with a bit of color so you can see it trough the little holes on top.
Makes about 50 cookies
For the dough:
250g butter at room temperature
2 teespoons vanilla sugar
1 dash of salt
1 egg white
350g pastry flour
For the decoration:
Stir the butter until smooth, add sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and mix well. Then add the flour and egg white and combine everything. Wrap the dough in foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Take it out and let it warm up a little bit. Roll out the dough until its 3mm thick. This dough contains a lot of butter, so once it gets warm it will stick to everything. Spread the dough between two sheets of baking paper (or some foil) and you will be fine.
Cut out round cookies. Mine had a diameter of 5cm. In one half make three little holes. In Switzerland you can buy special cookie cutters for those sort of cookies. If you don't have one, just a big round cutter and for the holes something little, like a pen cap.
Bake them at 392F degrees (200°C) for 6-8 minutes - depending on how thick you rolled them out.
Let them cool completely. Then spread some jam on the bottoms and dust the top parts with a good amount of confectioners sugar. Stick the pieces together and enjoy the cookie explosion in your mouth :)