• 30 Ratings

Based on the famous Linzer torte, these cookies combine the classic nutty and fruity elements but in a smaller package. Stars are nice, but by all means use cookie cutters of any kind.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk together hazelnut flour, 2 cups cake flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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  • Pulse pecans and remaining 1/2 cup cake flour in a food processor until finely ground (but not wet); add to bowl with flour mixture.

  • Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture until combined. Divide dough in half, shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out each disk of dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Refrigerate on a baking sheet for 20 minutes.

  • Cut out star shapes using a 3-inch cutter. Cut a star from the center of half the cookies using a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 2 inches apart.

  • Bake until pale gold, 13 to 14 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets set on wire racks for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks, and let cool completely.

  • Dust cookies with confectioners' sugar. Spread 1/2 teaspoon preserves onto the center of each uncut star; top with cutout stars, offsetting, if desired, to create a "burst."

Cook's Notes

Dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw before using. Unfilled cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. Fill with preserves just before serving.

Reviews

30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1