Two of my children (it was a group effort) made these beautiful cookies for Yom Tov. They look very professional – and taste good too!! They only require the time and patience to roll out and cut the dough – better for kids, harder for busy moms! For easier shaper, you can purchase special Linzer cookie cutters at www.surlatable.com.
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1-1/4 cups flour
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves
Cream together margarine and sugar. Beat in egg then remaining ingredients. Continue beating until well mixed. Form the dough into two balls and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 ball of dough and cut out whole shapes. Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, roll out 2nd ball of dough and cut out shapes with a design in the middle. Bake. Roll remaining scraps of dough together and make a few additional cookies.
Once cookies have cooled, spread a thin layer of preserves across whole cookie. Top with cookie with hole in the middle. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.