Made with Rodelle Pure Almond Extract, Organic Baking Cocoa and Organic Hot Cocoa Mix, these cookies are a special treat for any holiday! The cookies can be filled with melted white chocolate, royal icing, or even a traditional fruit preserves.
- 75 mins
- 36 servings
For the Cookies:
- 8 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. Rodelle Pure Almond Extract
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 cup almond meal (If you can’t find this in your store, grind roasted almonds in a food processor until finely ground.)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
For the Filling:
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Liquid food coloring
For the Cocoa Topping:
- 1 cup Rodelle Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1/2 cup Rodelle Organic Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa
- Preheat oven to 350° with rack at center of oven. Line baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar, almond extract and salt. scrape down paddle and sides of bowl. Blend in egg. Mix in almond meal.
- With mixer set at lowest speed, add flour in ½ cup increments. Flour amount might vary a bit depending on the humidity of your kitchen. Add a touch more, or less, until dough is no longer sticky, but still holds together well. It should fall away from sides of bowl and paddle when nudged gently with a silicone spatula. Do not over mix.
- Roll out dough between two sheets of wax paper. You can also roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, but we find the wax paper technique keeps the workplace neat and makes it super easy to remove cookie cutouts. Plus there’s no need to flour the paper, which means no danger of adding too much flour.
- Smooth wax paper as it wrinkles: Remove top piece of paper, smooth and replace, flip and continue to roll dough to 1/4” thickness.
- At this point, only if your kitchen is super warm, you could chill rolled out dough in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. But this step is totally optional.
- Remove top piece of wax paper one last time, replace, and flip. Remove top piece of paper and set aside.
- Cut out cookies, making a second, smaller cutout on the cookies that will serve as the top part of the sandwich. place 1/2” apart on baking sheet.
- Make sure to cut out an even number of tops and bottoms. If using an asymmetrical cutter, flip cutter for half of cookies.
- Have a “dough scrap bowl” handy to collect the scraps as you cut out the cookies. Re-roll the scraps until all dough is used up.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, and be sure to rotate pan halfway through baking. Bake until cookies are a light golden brown. Take care not to over bake.
- Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
- Prepare the melted chocolate filling by melting the white chocolate chips in a microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until soft enough to mix. add food color a drop at a time till you achieve desired shade.
- Place the cookies with the inner cutouts (sandwich tops) on a flat surface lined with wax paper or parchment.
- Mix together the Organic Hot Cocoa Mix and Organic Baking Cocoa. Place in a strainer or mesh shaker.
- Dust the tops of the cookies with the cocoa mixture using a strainer or, if you have one, a shaker with a mesh or perforated top.
- The non-cutout cookies will serve as sandwich bottoms. Spread a thin layer of the white chocolate on the bottom surface of cookie (the side that was touching the pan).
- Holding the cocoa-dusted top cookie by the edges so you don’t smudge the topping, gently place it on top of the "frosted" cookie. Make sure not to press them together. If you press, all the chocolate will squish out at the sides, which makes for messy cookies.
- You can store the unassembled cookies airtight at room temperature for up to two weeks.
- Assembled cookies can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to one week.
Note: this recipe is brought to you from luckybites. Click here to see the original Linzer Cookie Recipe with additional photos. Click here to see the modifications made to the original post to make the cookies as shown for Easter.