Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies

December 7, 2010

in Cookies,Hungarian,Recipes

Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies

Today I’m going to share with you my interpretation of a very popular Austrian Christmas cookie.

Because as you can see from the title of this post I’ve made a *few* dreamy alterations to the traditional recipe and added my own holiday spin if you will.

You could think of Linzer cookies as baby Linzertortes which are traditionally made using ground almonds and filled with black currant or seedless raspberry preserves. The only major distinction between the two, other than the obvious size, is that instead of a lattice crust which adorns the Linzertortes, the tops of Linzer cookies have a small round cutout in the center to make the preserves visible, better known as Linzer “eyes”.

So for my Linzer Cookie version I opted to swap out the almonds for pecans, and replace the traditional preserve filling with an eggnog glaze, oh and the “eyes” on my linzer cookies are in the shape of a snowflake. Very à propos, no?

Snowflake Eggnog Linzer Cookies

Pecan Linzer Cookie Dough
Snowflake Cutouts
Confectioners' sugar dusted Pecan Linzer Cookies
Eggnog glaze on Pecan Linzer Cookies

Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies

makes approximately 30 cookies

Linzer Cookie Dough
Adapted from Martha Stewart Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup pecan halves, toasted
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

Grind pecans, confectioners’ sugar, salt, and ground nutmeg in a food processor until very finely ground, pour into a medium size bowl. Whisk in flour and baking powder.

Cream butter and granulated sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, approx 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and reduce speed to low beat until incorporated. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Divide dough into two and form discs. Wrap each tightly with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator until firm, at least 2 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Take one disc of dough out of the refrigerator at a time and roll out on the reverse side of a cookie sheet which has been lightly floured, refrigerate 20 minutes.

Cut cookies with a round 2-inch fluted cutter. Cut out centers of half of the circles with a 1/2-inch snowflake cutter; re-roll scraps.

Space cookies 2 inches apart bake until pale golden about 8-10 minutes rotating pans half-way through baking. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

Eggnog Filling
Inspired from LorAnn Oils

2 cups glazing sugar or confectioners’ sugar
3-4 tablespoons eggnog
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
powdered food coloring optional

Dust cutout cookies with confectioners’ sugar. Spread eggnog filling onto uncut cookies and top.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies
Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies

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1 Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Linzer cookies are so refined looking, and the snowflake cutout and powdered sugar make yours look even fancier. Very creative and beautiful.

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2 Lora December 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

These are just fabulous. Love your twists on the flavor and shape.

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3 Liana @ femme fraiche December 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I love your flavour selection. Nothing screams Christmas more than egg nog (or a person drunk off it…cough, me) And very pretty decorations as per usual madame!

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4 Daydreamer Desserts December 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Merci Liana… :)

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5 Kathleen December 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

What a great combo! I think all your changes are brilliant!!!

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6 the blissful baker December 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

yum! these look so cute and delicious!

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7 UrMomCooks December 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

What an awesome idea for the filling! I have wondered what could replace the jam because my children are not big fans of jam with their cookies… And the glaze makes such a beautiful white snowflake cookie! These are wonderful!

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8 Nancy@acommunaltable December 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Brilliant!! I love the variations and I can tell I would absolutely love these cookies. Have bookmarked for a future baking date!!

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9 Daydreamer Desserts December 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Sweet, be sure and let me know what you think once you make them. :)

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10 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm

When I saw the link for “eggnog linzer cookies” I clicked on it so fast! I love linzer cookies and I have an eggnog addiction during the holidays. Your cookies are gorgeous (as is everything you make) and the eggnog glaze looks soooo delicious. I love the snowflake design on the cookies, just lovely! :)

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11 Daydreamer Desserts December 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Lindsey, I’m so glad I chose to fill them with eggnog… sounds like it’s the beverage of choice for several of us during the holidays! ;)

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12 Lana December 8, 2010 at 5:13 am

I love linzer cookies and I love eggnog. Yours look so delicious! A great variation on the theme. You have inspired me to start baking cookies as of tomorrow:)

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13 Adriana December 8, 2010 at 6:13 am

These look amazing – I’m getting ready to make them right away!

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14 the urban baker December 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

wow, those are gorgeous! your creations are exceptional!

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15 Big Boys Oven December 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

wow this such a whitwe beauty! I love every bits of the cookies! such a beautiful white jewel!

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16 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

These are absolutely stunning! I love the flavor, too. Definitely have to make them.

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17 Rebecca December 9, 2010 at 8:29 am

i like your substitutions. and your cookies are eye candy, or cookies, as they may be. thanks for sharing. not so sure i’ll ever make this recipe, because i like things quick and dirty, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

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18 Daydreamer Desserts December 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Doll… look who you are asking if a girl an dream? OF COURSE you CAN!!! ;)

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19 Janis December 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

You won me over with these and now I am drooling all over my keyboard :–)

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20 Daydreamer Desserts December 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’m sure your keyboard won’t mind… ;)

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21 Evan Thomas December 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

These look beautiful! I bet they taste great, too!

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22 Steph@stephsbitebybite December 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

How cute are these!!! I love the thought of eggnog filling!

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23 Belinda @zomppa December 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

These little “babies” are precious!!

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24 Green Girl @ A little bit of everything December 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

Linzer cookies, my love
when I saw the post in my inbox on Foodbuzz I knew I’m going to fall in love, and I did. Your version on Linzer cookies is delicious. Love the holiday twist you put on them.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful week

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25 Daydreamer Desserts December 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

My pleasure, glad you loved them! :)

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26 kitchenarian December 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

Almost too beautiful to eat……almost.

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27 Island Vittles December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I love the transparent effect of the icing! I’m imagining green and red icing too — almost like stained glass…these are beautiful, thanks for sharing. Theresa

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28 Evan @swEEts December 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I think this is a wonderfully dreamy twist on a classic Christmas cookie! My boyfriend would go crazy for that eggnog glaze!

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29 Lindsey at Burn Me Not December 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

These cookies look so decadent. Very nicely done!

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30 foodies at home December 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Definitely some of the prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve seen to date!

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31 Daydreamer Desserts December 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

That’s quite a compliment, thank you!!

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32 Jazz Rules December 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Your photographs are exquisite! Great use of selective focus

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33 sara @CaffeIna December 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I love linzer cookies but something (maybe the word pecan or eggnog?) tells me I would love this version even more! You are outdoing yourself during this cookie month!

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34 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } December 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Stunning cookies! Love the twist you added. My husband would love these – a must make over the holidays.

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35 TiffKey December 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I’ve never met an eggnog inspired dessert I didn’t like! These sound great!

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36 marla {family fresh cooking} December 11, 2010 at 5:07 am

Eggnog linzer cookies??!! Wow, I love the texture of linzer cookies, I think it must be all the nuts. These are so pretty & the eggnog filling is a winner for the holidays. xo

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37 Amy December 11, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I love your version of linzer cookies! The addition of the pecans and eggnog filling just puts it over the top for me! They are beautiful as well with those snowflake windows :)!

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38 Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves December 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Such delicate looking cookies! They look perfect. It’s pretty neat you can change the shape too. Snowflakes, a pumpkin maybe? Possibilities are endless!

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39 Joy December 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Those are beautiful.

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40 Felice December 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I think that these are the prettiest cookies I have seen in a long time. I bet they taste just as good as they look.

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41 Threemealsaday December 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

These look great. I may add these to our cookie trials this year. Great concept and use of the eggnog. I actually have some eggnog extract that I might try with these. I have the Martha cookie book and will take a look there as well.

Keep up the great work. I have added your blog to my blog search.

Happy holidays.

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42 farida December 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm

great recipe for various cake, thanks for share your recipe

farida
http://faridawinarni.co.cc

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