Saturday, December 19, 2009

Linzer Bars

This is another new cookie/bar for me. I have seen Linzer cookies on many cookie trays at church bake sales and have heard that they are a bit of work, with the cutting the cookies, spreading, topping with the cut-out cookie, etc. When I was looking through a cookbook my Mom had picked up at a garage sale many years ago, I saw these bars. All the flavor with a lot less work!
They were Dude's favorite I think. He probably ate a quarter of the pan himself.

Linzer Bars

1-1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp grated lemon peel
2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cup whole almonds, ground **
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
Powdered sugar

**Due to one person's allergies, I left out the almonds and added almond extract instead

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and lemon peel until well blended. Stir in flour, almonds (extract) and cinnamon until well blended.

Press 2 cups dough onto bottom of prepared pan. Spread preserves over crust. Press remaining dough, small amounts at a time, evenly over preserves.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; cut into bars

I quick option for when you really want that cookie, but don't have time for the real deal!


A Year on the Grill said...

That sounds easy... Dude has good taste

Dawn said...

you've been busy in the kitchen it seems. I love these bars. Haven't made them for a while though.

katie said...

I love Linzer Cookies! You are right they look like a ton of work, this sounds so much better.

Monica H said...

It's not about what they look like (although they look mighty yummy) it's abou twhat they taste like!

great recipe!

Green Gal said...

Those sound delicious! I'm going to write this down and make some for the holidays. Thanks for sharing :-)

Donna-FFW said...

GREAT shortcut recipe. Looks delicious. Hope youre enjoying Hermit Crab.. you must have missed her so.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've never made these either because I was too lazy to do that much work! LOL - Your recipe sounds great and your cookies look so festive. This is something a slacker like me could do!

Love your new picture!

Merry Christmas Tami!