Austrian Christmas Cookies
The Linzertorte is believed to have originated in the City of Linz, Austria in the early 1700s. Traditionally this torte consisted of a crust made with flour, ground nuts (traditionally almonds), sugar, egg yolks, spices and lemon zest that was filled with black currant preserves and then topped with a lattice crust. Linzer Cookies use the same ingredients as a Linzertorte, only presented in a different way. That is, two almond flavoured cookies are sandwiched together with a layer of jam. They are so pretty, with their top cookie dusted with a thin white coating of powdered sugar and a cutout so you can see the color of the jam. When the cookies are cut in a round shape with a round cutout in the center, they are known as Linzer "Eyes" (Linzer Augen).
You will need:
400 g Flour
200 g Sugar
200 g Butter
1 pack of vanilla sugar or a few drops of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F)
Start by whisking the Butter, Sugar, Egg and Vanilla together to a creamy mixture.
Add the flour and knead it until it forms to a dough. Cover it in a cling firm an let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then you can start to roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut out your cookies. Place them on a baking sheet and the are ready to go in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the get lightly browned. Let them cool down before you start to spread a thin layer of jam on the bottom surface of the full cookie (top of cookie will face out). Place the cut-out cookie on top and gently sandwich them together. For the final touch cover the cookies with a light dust of powdered sugar. You can also use different cutters, cover them with chocolate or decorate them however you want. I made some bears with little chocolate chips added in the dough and placed an almond in there hands, I think that looked very cute. Good Luck!
Christmas Apple Crumble
You will need:
90 g Sugar
90 g Butter
150 g Flour
Raisins or Cranberries
Finely chopped almonds
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
a few drops of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F)
Let’s get started by peeling the apples and chop them up into little pieces. Drizzle the lemon juice on top and stir it up so that all apple junks get covered. Add them in a casserole and sprinkle cinnamon, Raisins or Cranberries on top. Cut the butter into flakes and blend them with the flour, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until it forms into crumbles, then you can add it on top of the apples. Now let it bake for about 30 minutes until it gets lightly brown and your kitchen will smell incredible! Serve this delicacy best while still warm, together with some vanilla ice cream or cinnamon cream. Enjoy!