12 Days of Cookies: Pistachio Linzertorte with Cherry Jam Recipe for MacGourmet

12daysofcookies.jpgDay 2 of Food Network's 12 Days of Cookies brings one of my favorite cookie varieties, the Linzertorte.

While you might find the tart version of this confection in its native Austria and Hungary, here in America it's known mostly as a Christmastime sandwich cookies.

What distinguishes Linzer cookies from other sandwiches is the use of ground nuts in the tender, crumbly cookie. Hazlenuts are traditional, it seems, though I've often seen recipes call for less-expensive almonds. Paula Deen's recipe defies tradition and goes with pistachios, perhaps a more festive choice with their natural green hue.

I usually see Linzer cookies made using round, fluted cutters, with small, decorative cutters used for the peek-a-boo holes on top where the jewel-colored jam shines through. However, unless you are a traditionalist, there's no reason not to use whatever shapes you have on hand. A drinking glass and an apple corer might even work.

Check out today's recipe on Food Network's site, or download Pistachio Linzertorte with Cherry Jam into MacGourmet.

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