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17 June, 2017

Linzer cookies for Canada day

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Oh,  you  have  no  idea  how  excited  I  am.   Linzer  cookies  and  I  go  a  long,  long  way.  It  feels  like  yesterday  though.  ‘Will  you  lick  the  jam  first  or  bite  into  it?’  Us  sisters  as  young  girls,  carefree,  innocent,  bubbly  gathered  around  this  beautiful  biscuit  box  with  cherub  faces  painted  on  the  outside  in  a  small  town  in  India.  The  Linzer  cookies  with  red,  orange  jams  in  the  middle  shining  like  jewel.  For  us  it  was  ‘jam  biscuit’,

The  Food  Bloggers  of  Canada,  calls  out  for  recipes  every  month.  When  I  read  the  theme  was  for  ‘Canada  Day’  this  time,  I  wanted  to  do  something  special.  You  can  see  about  my  adventures  from  previous  years  here  and  here.  Our  beautiful  country  Canada  is  turning  150  this  year  which  is  extra  special.


What  can  be  more  appropriate  than  our  red  maple  leaf?  Proudly  flying  in  our  flag,  this  is  a  symbol  that  binds  us  all  together.  We  come  from  countries  with  sand  dunes  or  blue  ocean,  high  mountains  or  green  meadows,  we  look  and  talk  different,  but  the  Maple  leaf  unites  us  all.  Unity  in  diversity.

As  soon  as  I  saw  this  tiny  Maple  leaf  cookie  cutter,  I  instantly  knew  it  will  be  Linzer  cookies.  Honestly  aren’t  these  cute?

I  adapted  the  recipe  from  ‘Ina  Garten’,   the  Barefoot  Contessa,   switched  the  plain  flour  to  a  ‘Multigrain  flour’.

And  voila,  there  it  was.

One  bite  and  I  could  almost  hear  the  girly  giggles  from  the  past.

Then  and  now.

Jam  biscuits  and  Linzer  cookies.

Recipe:  Made  18


Unsalted  butter                                         1/2 lbs

Granulated  sugar                                      2/3  cups

Vanilla  extract                                             1/2   tsp

Multigrain  flour                                         21/3  cup

Salt                                                                       a  pinch

Raspberry  jam                                             1/2  cup

Icing  sugar                                                     for  dusting


Preheat  the  oven  to  280  degrees F.

Mix  the  sugar  and  butter  at  room  temperature   with  an  electric  beater  in  low  speed.  Add  the  vanilla  while  beating.

In  a  separate  bowl  sift  the  flour  and  salt  together.  Add  this  to  the  above  mixture  in  instalments.  As  soon  as  it  all  comes  together  flatten  it  into  a  disc  on  a  floured  surface,  cover  with  cling  film  and  refrigerate  for  30  minutes.

Roll  it  into  1/4  inch  thick,  cut  out  rounds  1.9  inches  (  about  5  cms  ).       Use  the  maple  leaf  cutter  in  the  middle  of  half  of  those  rounds.  Sit  them  in  an  ungreased  baking  tray  and  chill  for  15  minutes.

Bake  the  cookies  for  20  to  25  minutes  until  the  edges  start  to  brown.  Let  them  cool.  Put  about  half  a  teaspoon  raspberry  jam  on  the  flat  side  of  the  solid  cookies  and  dust  icing  sugar  on  the  cutout  cookies.

Gently  seat  the  cutout  cookies  on  top  of  the  solid  ones  such  that  the  jam  is  in  the  middle.

Inside  Scoop;

I  got  the  Deep  brand  Multigrain  flour  from  Walmart.  It  contains  Wheat,  Soyabean,  Oat,  Ragi,  Barley,  Jowar,  Chana dal  and  Psyllium  husk.

Ragi  is  Finger  millet.  Jowar  is  Sorghum.



2 thoughts on : Linzer cookies for Canada day

  • June 26, 2017 at 1:23 am

    These are beautiful! What a clever idea!

    • Ratna
      June 27, 2017 at 3:22 am

      You are too kind Sonali. Thanks for your complement.

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