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Gingerbread Linzer Cookies

Course cookies, Dessert, Snack
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 30

Ingredients

Cranberry Jam

  • 3 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup spiced rum
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ginger ground
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 sticks butter 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp clove ground
  • powdered sugar as needed optional

Instructions

Cranberry Jam

  • Combine all ingredients in a pot. Set over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Turn heat to low and cook until all the cranberries are soft. About 30 minutes. Remove from heat and blend with hand blender or food processor. Chill until ready to use.

Gingerbread Cookies

  • Toast the pecans for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degrees oven. Grind in a food processor and mix with the dry ingredients.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in egg, vanilla, and molasses. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Cut 8 sheet pan sized pieces of wax paper. Divide the dough into four and place on four pieces wax paper. Cover with the remaining paper. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness between the papers. Cut the dough with cookie cutters and cover. Slide the dough onto a sheet pan and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with silpat or parchment. Remove the dough from the freezer one sheet at a time. Release the cookies from the paper with a spatula and place on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Reroll any scrap dough, cut, freeze, and bake. Repeat until all the dough has been made.
  • Spread jam on 1/2 of the cookies. Sprinkle powdered sugar on the other half of the cookies. Place the sugared cookies on top of the jam and gently press together. Store in an airtight container.