Rebecca Reilly’s Linzer Cookies

A week or so ago we were having some friends over and I decided to make some cookies for our guests. We were out of chocolate chips, so the old standby chocolate chip cookies were out. I pulled out my copy of Rebecca Reilly’s “Gluten Free Baking” for inspiration and decided to make her Linzer cookie recipe, which has almost equal portions of her gluten free flour blend and ground almonds. (Hazelnuts are also an option, but since I hate them with a passion, they were no option at all.) I mixed up the tasty spices the recipe called for, grinding my new friend Cardamom fresh from the pod… If you haven’t tried freshly ground cardamom, give it a try. It has so much flavor, and can be added to lattes and coffee as well as to baking recipes. I mixed the dough, pressed it into a pan, and baked it for fifteen minutes. Once out of the oven I basted it with melted raspberry jam. rebeccarcookieswhl.jpg(Prior to this day I had no idea heated jam would turn to liquid, but science is a wonderful thing.) When it was cool, I cut it into squares and served it to my guests- anxiously, because there’s no telling how an untested gluten free treat will turn out. Luckily, it being one of Reilly’s recipes, it was really yummy. The thinner cookies were the best, because they were crunchy like pie crust (although obviously not THAT thin.) The freshly ground cardamom made a huge difference, and if you happen to try the recipe, I really recommend it, even though the recipe doesn’t insist upon it. I also have a sneaking feeling that it would make a DIVINE graham cracker crust broken up and crumbled, with a fraction of the effort of her swoonworthy graham cracker recipe. Stay tuned for further experiments.. but in the meantime, make yourself some yummy European style cookies, because you’re worth it! Oh, and how did our guests like them? I had to refill the plate several times, and it wasn’t just DH who was chomping them… (although he made a sizable dent, that greedy boy. haha)

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2 Responses to “Rebecca Reilly’s Linzer Cookies”

  1. Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


  2. Penzey’s Spices sells poppy seeds in big bags, much better than buying them in those little jars. They sell online (too lazy to google them right now).

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