Tuesday, December 2, 2008
TWD - Linzer Sables
This week, Tuesday with Dorie is hosted by noskos of Living the Life, who has chosen Dorie's Linzer Sables for us to bake. Linzer sables are named after the town of Linz in Austria, and are a nutty, spicy cookie sandwiched with jam (traditionally blackcurrant jam).
These cookies are very cute, and I have often admired them. I ground my own almonds to make the almond meal for these cookies (admittedly because I forgot to buy almond meal rather than an earnest desire to make everything from scratch), and I used bought fig and ginger jam to sandwich the cookies together.
I had a dickens of a time with the dough, which goes unmanagably soft very quickly out of the refrigerator. At times, because I couldn't lift the shapes I had cut from the dough, I cut them out with scissors, paper and all, and placed them on the baking sheet. Because the dough was so difficult to handle, I had resolved never to make them again.
However, that was before I tasted the finished product. These cookies taste unbelievably good! When making them, I wondered why anyone would go to all that bother with such a soft, hard-to-handle dough. One bite, and I discovered why. All I can say is - make them! (Preferably in a cold room in the middle of a snow storm so that the dough doesn't "melt" before your eyes - but I jest ...)
Thanks to noskos for hosting TWD this week, and you can see all of the other wonderful versions of these simply delicious cookies by checking out the TWD blogroll.