These biscuits are really moreish with a nutty tasty and melt in the mouth texture. I found the dough mixed really easily and was very firm to cut. The make lovely biscuits for a special occasion because of the rich texture and look so pretty. They are a biscuit version of the popular Austrian Linzertorte which is eaten around Christmas time.
The girls all enjoy making biscuits – the only problem was we couldn’t use them for lunch boxes because of nut allergies – Oh well – they didn’t last until the end of the weekend anyway!
Linzer Cookie Recipe
3/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups of ground almonds
2 cups plain flour (all purpose flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
jam (strawberry jelly)
Cream the butter and sugar. Add in the beaten egg and vanilla gradually. Stir in the nuts and gradually sieve the flour and baking powder until it forms a dough.
Leave in the fridge for half an hour.
Roll out to about 3mm thick.
Cut using a cookie cutter. Each biscuit needs to pieces, one plain and one with a hole in it – use a small cookie cutter for this. Lay on a baking tray.
Bake at 170 C – Gas Mark 3 for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Once cool spread with jam and sandwich the two pieces together adding some extra jam into the hole if needed.
Finish with a light dusting of icing sugar.
You can make these using any shape you want. We mainly made flowers as they look pretty for Spring or Easter.
Stars worked well and would be lovely at Christmas which is the traditional time for Linzer biscuits, or you could do hearts for Valentine’s Day. We also made a cat for Rosie, who is obsessed with Hello Kitty. This worked well as the jam looks like a nose.
Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.
The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let’s really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don’t often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children.
Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits – from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?
Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids’ Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it – to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun! Check out the other great posts as well!
Around the World in 12 Dishes
We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and now are arriving in Athens, capital of Greece!
- March 4 – First country was the UK
- April 1 – The second country was Sweden
- May 6 – The third country was Russia
- June 3 – The fourth country was India
- July 7 – The fifth country was Japan
- August 5 – The sixth country was Australia
- September 2 –The seventh country was French Polynesia
- October 7 – The eighth country was Mexico
- November 4 – The ninth country was Brazil
- December 2 – The tenth country was Morocco
- January 13 – The eleventh country was Greece
- February 3 – The twelfth country is Austria
How to join the fun!
- The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
- Cook a dish from Austria: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
- Typical dishes: Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Kaiserschmarrn, Sachertorte
- Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish
- Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
- Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
- Fun fact: The sewing machine was invented in 1818 by the Austrian Josef Madersperger.
- Share with us: Our Greek challenge starts on February 3rd and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
- Pinterest: We will add your photos to a “Around the World in 12 Dishes” Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone
- Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.
Please check out our partner blogs and their Austria ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids’ Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It
Please link up your Austrian dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!