I wanted to bake something special for Christmas this year and since my daugter loves jam biscuits, I thought let me make some at home with healthier ingredients. Here's a recipe for Linzer cookies made with whole wheat flour and cane sugar (or brown sugar). Hope you all like it and make these at home too.
1.5 cups Whole wheat flour
100 gms Butter
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 cup Cane sugar or white sugar (fine)
1 tsp Vanilla essence
3 tbsp cup Milk (cold)
Mix together whole wheat flour and baking powder.;
Add cold butter cut into small pieces so that it's easier to mix them with the flour.
With your fingertips mix the butter with the flour. You have to do this step a bit quickly otherwise the warmth of your hand might melt the butter.
Once the butter is mixed with the flour, you will get a breadcrumb like texture. I use a food processor to mix this to a fine crumb mixture.
Now add sugar, vanilla essence and with the help of cold milk, 1 tbsp at a time, bring the dough together. Don't knead the dough, just bring it together. You can add more milk if required but I needed only 3 tbsp.
Cover with a cling wrap and keep in the fridge for 20 minutes or more. It can also be frozen in the deep freezer for a month or so.
Pre heat the oven at 170 degree C for 10 minutes. Take the dough out of the fridge and with the help of some dry flour, roll it out.
You can bring the edges together if they tear in between. Roll to a medium thickness (1/4 inch approximately). With the help of a cookie cutter, cut into circles, even in number.
Keep half the circular cookies in the baking tray.;
Make holes, in the rest of the cookies, in the center using a smaller cookie cutter. Put them in the oven tray with the rest of the cookies.
Bake the cookies in a baking tray for 5 to 7 minutes or until edges are slightly light golden brown.
Take them out of the oven now and transfer with a thin spatula (handle carefully as they will be soft) to a wire rack. Let them come to room temperature.
They will crisp up as soon as they come to room temperature.
Drizzle icing sugar with the help of a seive on the cookies with a hole.
Spread any jam/fruit compote on the whole cookies. Cover each with icing sugar drizzled cookies.
You can add any flavor like saffron, cardamom of your choice.
You can even roll the dough into a log before keeping in the fridge. After 30 minutes, remove the log and cut into equal thickness cookies and bake them. You can skip thenjam and icing sugar completely.
I have used 170 degree with the both rods and a fan in the middle rack position in the oven.