For this year's annual V-Day treat, I decided to go back to the basics with heart-shaped cookies.
Not just any heart-shaped cookies, but chocolate Linzer cookies. If you have been around here for a while, this is the third type of Linzer cookie I have made although none of them have been particularly traditional. Maybe someday, but for now, I am perfectly happy making untraditional renditions of this Austrian favorite.
These came about because I was trying to use up some leftover jam I canned and made last year. If I recall correctly, it was a mix of strawberry and rhubarb on the crux of spring turning into summer. I was afraid the texture would be all wrong but it was actually perfect for these cookies. Jams that are too loose or wet make these cookies messier and more difficult to handle and assemble. I found that using a jam that is more firm and thicker is easier for Linzer cookies. The jam acts as a kind of glue that binds the top and bottom cookie together.
I initially was hesitant whether rhubarb and strawberry would go well with chocolate. In fact, I hopped over to the grocery store to buy another type of jam and also stood in my kitchen buttering leftover scrap cookie bits with strawberry and rhubarb jam. In the end it worked out. I guess it's kind of like a different form of chocolate-covered strawberries. Yes, it's kind of brown but it is the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Feel free to use whatever cookie cutter shapes you desire for these Linzer cookies. I had yet to use the heart-shaped cookie cutters I received from Popo, so this seemed the most appropriate time to bust them out. I also did not have a smaller heart-shaped cookie cutter for the center so I used a smaller ½-1 inch round cookie cutter. But if you are totally anti-Valentine's Day or hearts, any other shape is perfectly fine.
I am personally not a fan of the over commercialization that comes with Valentine's Day but hey, it's a reason as any to eat cookies so I will do just that.
And a panther one, just because. :)
Chocolate Linzer Cookies
Cookie recipe slightly adapted from Sweet and Savory Meals
Yields: 20-25 medium cookies, 40-45 small cookies