Tuesdays with Dorie: Linzer Sables

These are officially the “it” cookies to leave for Santa. In the coming years, as Bo becomes more able to help in the kitchen, I hope to have a batch of this dough frozen in sheets and on hand for Christmas Eve cookie baking. I can’t imagine a better activity than making beautiful cookies to set out for Santa on Christmas Eve. I hope that these cookies become a part of our holiday traditions.

A big thank you to Living the Life who chose these cookies this week. You can find the full recipe on her blog or buy purchasing Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

The dough for these cookies was simple to put together. I started by whisking together the dry ingredients. Amazing that the main base for these cookies is pulverized almonds. But I think that is truly what makes them so yummy. The flavor reminds me of the Windmill cookies I loved as a kid.

Meanwhile, I threw the sugar and butter into my trusty KitchenAid and let it work it’s magic.

Then you just add a few eggs and the dry ingredients and presto — dough!

The next step is to divide the dough into two balls and sandwich it between pieces of wax paper.


Then, I rolled the dough out so it was very thin.
I threw the dough in the freezer and tried to make the cookies about an hour later but the dough thaws very quickly. I had much more success after waiting 24 hours and then removing the dough from the freezer one sheet at a time. The cookie cutters I used had delicate edges and only worked well with the dough very cold.

I placed the cutouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and baked them for 10 minutes.

The results were beautiful cookies that were easy to sandwich together to make the raspberry filled creations above. These cookies taste great too. This recipe receives 5 stars from those of us at Chez Sticky Feet and definitely deserves a place of honor as the cookie that Santa receives for many years to come.

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13 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Linzer Sables

  1. Your cookies came out perfect great job. These are a keeper in your house as well. I am going to have to buy smaller cookie cutters for my next batch.

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    Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe on my Holiday Baking Guide.

  3. My oven broke.. Um.. wanna send some over to my house? If not.. Santa might be a tad pouty!

    Great recipe, I bet that taste great!

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