Linecké Koláčky – Czech Linz Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • .25 kg flour
  • .20 kg butter (2 sticks)
  • .10 kg sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Pinch baking powder
  • Pinch lemon zest
  • Marmalade and jam (various flavors)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Unsalted almonds or walnuts

METHOD

  1. Use a digital kitchen scale to measure out flour, butter and sugar.
  2. In a mixer, cream together room-temperature butter with flour and sugar.
  3. Add egg yolks, baking powder and lemon zest, mix until well combined.
  4. Divide dough in half and wrap each ball in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or until completely chilled.
  5. When you are ready to roll out the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a flat work surface. Sprinkle flour evenly over parchment paper and place the dough on top.
  6. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough, then cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Roll out to approximately 1/8” thickness, checking frequently to make sure the dough is not sticking to the parchment paper. 
  7. TIP: When working with the dough, you will need to work quickly or the butter in the dough will melt. If the dough gets too warm, place it in the freezer for a few minutes. You can even put the rolled-out sheet (between the two pieces of parchment paper) in the freezer before you use the cookie cutters.
  8. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. For the fruit-filled cookies, make two of the same shape: one regular, and one with the center removed (I used a thimble to remove the center). For the nut-topped cookies, you will make two of the same shape to sandwich together.
  9. Bake for 9 minutes, or just until the edges barely begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.
  10. For the fruit-filled cookies, spread marmalade or jam on the bottom (pan-side) of the regular cookie, then place the same shape (with center hole removed) on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  11. For the nut-topped cookies, use a double-boiler to melt chocolate chips. Spread marmalade or jam on the bottom (pan-side) of the regular cookie, then place the same shape on top.  Place a small dab of melted chocolate on top of the cookie, then place an almond or walnut on top of that.
  12. Store finished cookies at room temperature (cookies taste better at least 1 day after baking).


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