maybe you think that because dw & i are nuts for each other we're all about valentine's day. truth is: not really. at the risk of sounding very gushy, we're a couple with many anniversaries. we met in the month of February, we make note of the first email we ever exchanged (ahem, dw keeps ALL the emails i've ever written him!), then there's our first kiss (4th date) to our first vacation together, and then later this year, a wedding that will result in another anniversary to celebrate. so, you get it, valentine's day is just another day to us.
we had leftover soup for dinner, crouton'd crusty old bread and watched an already aired episode of Survivor. but, despite vday just being another day to us, i made a little something for us to nibble on, something special, something sweet, something tart, just for my sweetheart.
linzer cookies with fruit curd
1/2 cup earth balance soy margarine2 TBL organic sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup almond flour
1 1/4 cup spelt flour
in stand mixer, mix soy margarine and sugars until fluffy, scraping sides often. Add in the salt, baking soda and almond flour, mix until just combined. add in the spelt flour and mix. divide dough into two disks, wrap in plastic and fridge for 30 minutes.
preheat oven 350F.
when ready, on the counter have parchment paper on the ready and sprinkled with flour. take one disk of dough and roll out as thin as possible. slide dough, still on the parchment paper, onto a baking sheet. cut dough with 2” cutter, square or circle, and then cut another shape/heart/whatever using a 1.5” cutter in center of half the cookies. (aim for 12 cookies) do not remove the centers yet. remove dough scraps from around cookies and freeze the cookies for about 10 minutes. meanwhile, do the 2nd disk like the first.
when ready, switch up the trays. transfer frozen cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat. bake for 7-8 minutes. cool on wire rack.
assemble cookie sandwiches like so: sprinkle powdered sugar on cookies with cutout centers. spread uncut cookies with jam or curd and sandwich with powdered cutouts. serve immediately. Boom
store in an air tighter container until ready to spread with jam or curd; will keep for up to five days.
yield: 1 dozen 2" linzer cookie sandwiches. (PS. the scraps could be used to make more cookies, i rolled them into logs and cut them up to make into simple cookies)
my previous Feb. 14 posts:
hot milk cake + meyer lemon buttercream
curried lentil soup
diy heart cards