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  1. Linzer Hearts

  2. 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  4. 2 egg yolks

  5. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  6. pinch of salt

  7. 1 tablespoon ice water

  8. granualted sugar for rolling cookies

  9. 1/3 cup seedless red raspberry jam

  10. confectioner's sugar, for sprinkling

  11. With an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is soft and light.

  12. Add the sugar; continue beating until it is all incorporated. Add

  13. the egg yolks, one at a time, then beat in the flour, salt and ice

  14. water. When the mixture is not quite smooth, remove the beaters

  15. from the bowl and turn the dough out onto a counter sprinkled

  16. lightly with flour. Knead the dough lightly half a dozen times,

  17. until you can form it into a smooth, flat cake. Wrap it tightly in

  18. plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 20 minutes. Sprinkle a pastry

  19. board or a clean countertop lightly with granulated sugar. Roll

  20. out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Use the larger cutter to stamp

  21. out 28 hearts, reshaping and rerolling the scraps when necessary.

  22. Use a wide metal spatula to transfer 14 of the hearts to a very

  23. lightly buttered baking sheet.Use the smaller cutter to stamp out

  24. the centers of the remaining 14 hearts. Carefully transfer both

  25. the small centers and the heart borders to the baking sheet.

  26. 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until

  27. cookies are barely golden on the edges.Remove from the baking sheet

  28. and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Use the small hearts

  29. as is. Assemble the remaining hearts in the following way: Set

  30. the large whole hearts on a board and use a small metal palette

  31. knife to spread them with raspberry jam to within 1/4 inch of the

  32. edge. Put a heart frame on top of each jam-covered heart; press

  33. them together very gently. Sprinkle the edges of the sandwiched

  34. cookies with confectioners' sugar and serve a once.

  35. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for several

  36. days.


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