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Marmalade Linzer Sandwiches

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  • Yield: Makes 24 sandwich cookies

Photography: James Merrell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup strained orange marmalade

Directions

  1. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a bowl. Pulse pecans, confectioners' sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cardamom in a food processor until finely ground. With a mixer on medium speed, beat pecan mixture, butter, and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 6 minutes. Beat in vanilla and egg. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; shape into disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Let dough stand at room temperature until pliable. Working with one disk at a time, roll out dough between 2 pieces of lightly floured parchment to 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Cut out rounds with a 2-inch cutter. Cut out centers of half of rounds with 1-inch cutters in different shapes, rerolling scraps once.

  3. Arrange cookies 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets once, until pale golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, heat marmalade in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced to about 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes; let cool.

  5. Sift confectioners' sugar over rounds with cutout centers and shapes. Spread about 3/4 teaspoon jam on flat side of remaining rounds, then sandwich together. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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