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Nut-Free Linzer Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

Servings: 20

Nothing could be more festive on the holiday table than a tray of these buttery, powdered sugar-dusted, jam-packed cookies. This nut-free classic Christmas cookie can be customized with your favorite cookie cutter and favorite fruit preserves. This nut-free shortbread cookie is soft but crumbly in texture. The shortbread, combined with the fruit and powdered sugar, creates the ultimate Christmas cookie.

Ingredients

Directions

Step 1

Combine butter and sugar with a mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and salt and mix until combined.

Step 2

Reduce speed to low and add flour, mixing until just combined.

Step 3

Remove the dough, flatten it into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

Step 4

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 5

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Dust your counter or large cutting board with flour. Roll the dough out to 1/4- inch thick.

Step 7

Cut out the dough using a cookie cutter. For every 2 cookies, cut a shape out of the center of one, this will be the top cookie layer.

Step 8

Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 10

Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.

Step 11

Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 12

Once cooled, spread about 1 teaspoon of fruit preserves on the bottoms of the solid cookies. Gently press the cut-out cookies on top of the preserves.

Step 13

Dust all the cookies with confectioners powdered sugar.

Cook's Notes

The number of servings largely depends on the size of your cookie cutter. We used a large cookie cutter for this recipe and yielded 20 cookies, smaller cookie cutters will create up to 40 cookies with one batch of dough.

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