This is a delicious tender cookie that I have rolled very thin, cut into heart shapes & sandwiched them around some Nutella..
Is this a shortbread cookie if it is made with icing sugar instead of granulated sugar? Maybe but it doesn’t matter…these cookies have a subtle flavour like a shortbread but they are not quite as crumbly….they are more sturdy & can be rolled out.
This recipe is inspired by one that I have on a very yellow piece of newsprint…cut out from a paper may years ago…(I hope newsprint yellows quickly & it isn’t an indication that I am ….well… lets just say that I would not like to think that I am that old to have yellowed old papers around!!) HA! The recipe I was inspired by is from Dufflet;s kitchen & is called Linzer Hearts Cookies. Had to change a few things in the recipe…but I have made it as it is written & it is good. I didn’t have some of the ingredients so I improvised
A few notes about these cookies….1) I rolled them too thin & they broke when I tried to sandwich them so I would roll them thicker next time.. I was just trying to keep them thin so it would not be like eating 2 cookies at a time…. 2) I had a hard time trying to decide what to sandwich them with…I didn’t want jam which is what the original recipe is …so I tried a white icing but the cookies broke …so I had a jar of Nutella in the pantry & I used that..it tastes great, but if you do not want to use Nutella, I would use a softer white icing…there is a good recipe on the King Arthur Flour website for icing to sandwich between cookies….or use a good quality raspberry jam…3) then I could not decide what to put on top of them… icing sugar? drizzled chocolate? write something on them? icing sugar was the easiest for sure… there was a recommendation to drizzle white chocolate on top which I did & it looks great… then I did some chocolate too. I think I like the icing sugar best…but you have options! 4) You don’t have to sandwich these cookies…just roll them out a bit thicker & then top them with one of the options & you will have a lovely cookie…
These tasted great with the Nutella filling!
Here is the recipe
1 cup almonds
2 cups flour
2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter..unsalted if you have but I used salted butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 egg yolks
Nutella, or a good quality jam (raspberry would be my pick) or some white icing..or maybe a chocolate ganache would be good….
Line baking sheets with parchment paper
I made this in the food processor but you can use a mixer if you want.
- In the bowl of a food processor, process the almonds with 1/2 cup of flour until the nuts are finely ground….I think that if you don’t put the flour in you might get almond butter! Empty this picture into a large bowl
- Mix the almond/flour mixture with the remaining flour, cocoa powder & cinnamon. I used a whisk Set aside
- Cube the butter & put it into the bowl of the food processor… add the sugar & mix until it is combined… it will be stiff…scrape down the sides of the bowl
- Add the egg yolks to the food processor through the feed tube with the machine running..scrape down the sides of the bowl
- Take the lid off & add the flour mixture
- Mix until the batter is well combined & starts to form a ball around the blade. At this point I spread the dough out in the bowl & mixed it some more…until it looked well mixed
- IF YOU WANT TO USE A MIX MASTER…still use the processor to grind the nuts with the flour & mix this with the rest of the dry ingredients, set aside…In the mixer, cream the butter & sugar, add the eggs, then add the dry ingredients & mix until well combined
- Take the cookie dough & put it into a bowl, cover the bowl & chill the dough for about an hour… I cleaned up while the dough was chilling
- Preheat your oven to 350f while the dough is chilling
- This dough is soft even coming out of the fridge
- Now you are going to roll the dough ..so take a potion of the dough, maybe 1/4 of it, & on a very lightly floured board form the dough into a ball, then flatten the ball, then roll it out. NOT TOO THIN!!! Now, cut the dough into any shape you like.
- Put the cookies on the prepared baking sheets & bake in the preheated oven … about 12-15 minutes…depends on how thick you roll the dough
- Let cool on the sheets for a bit as they are very soft…then move to a cooking rack
- Once these are completely cool, you can sandwich them with whatever you choose to use!! Again, they do not have to be sandwiched…they will be good alone as well.
- Once these cookies are completely cooled & if you are going to sandwich them,,, I used Nutella, just used a knife & spread the Nutella on then topped it with another cookie..then sprinkled with icing sugar,,, & I melted some white chocolate chips & drizzled some of that on a few…& I tried to drizzle some melted semi sweet chocolate on but a few were very messy so I spread the chocolate…. as I said the icing sugar was the easiest & looks good.