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Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate love than personalized cookie gifts? I have wanted to make Linzer Cookies for quite some time and decided that Valentine’s Day will be a good time to make them and go the extra mile…or extra hours.

I don’t have mini cookie cutters so I ended up with jumbo cookies with equally jumbo sized windows. If you end up with big windows that leaves you with a thin frame, be very careful when handling them or you’ll end up with lots of broken frames.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Adapted from here
227g unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup ground almonds
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 heaping tbsp jam, stirred
Icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 180°C and line cookie sheets with greaseproof paper or silicone mat.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for a few minutes, until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another minute.
Add the flour, ground almond, baking powder and salt and knead until the dough comes together. Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic and chill. Once chilled, scatter some flour over the countertop. Roll to about ¼″ thick and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Cut smaller shapes out of the middle of half of the cookies for windows. This is easier to do once they are on the cookie sheet.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes, or until pale golden; transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled. Lay out the windows and dust with icing sugar. Spread the cooled cookies with jam and gently top with the window frame cookie. 

This is what I did with leftover cookie dough…thumbprint cookie! :)

Once the cookies were all jammed and sandwiched up, the next million dollar question was packaging. How do I stack and gift wrap cookies AND transport them without turning them into heart broken cookies? After a considerable amount of deliberation and experiments, it was decided that the best way was to support the cookies with cardboard paper on the bottom and top, wrap in sturdy kitchen towels before wrapping in a cloth to make it look purteeeee. Oh and don’t forget the salt dough gift tag!

Have a very lovely Valentine’s Day, I hope you’re surrounded with lots of love, laughter, and goodies!