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Festive Linzer Biscuits - The best jam sandwich!

Austrian Linzer biscuits, a buttery crumbly biscuit, filled with jammy goodness - the original jammy dodger!

They are easy to make, with few ingredients, but as the mixture is crumbly they can be a bit of a faff if you want to rush, I find using a processor makes it as easy as ca be, so this recipe uses one, but it can be all done by hand if you have the patience.

They bake in about 10 mins, and they cool quick, so no waiting around too long to sandwich either.

As a base its a nice tasting biscuit on its own, so you could do round ones, and dip in chocolate too.

You can share them, or you can eat the entire lot yourself.

I save the middles of the biscuits I cut out and bake them alongside. As they’re lush, moorish little bitesize snacks.

I use a mix of Mackays Strawberry and Bramble Jams a they are both utterly divine, and not too runny which is important as you don't want jam glugging out the sides of the biscuits.

Their Jams really are beautiful, readily available in most supermarkets they're also my go-to for my Bakewell tart!


Makes 15-20 sandwich biscuits .


200g Plain Flour

50g ground almonds

200g unsalted butter cut into squares

100g Icing Sugar plus extra for dusting

Pinch Cinnamon

2 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste

Jam of choice

1 - Place the flour, ground almonds, butter, icing sugar and cinnamon into a processor and run till the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively if doing by hand rub together until it creates a breadcrumb texture.

2 - Add the egg yolks and vanilla essence and mix until a dough forms. Collect it all together and bind, then on a floured surface roll out to about the thickness of a £1coin (1/2cm). Cut out into rounds.

3 - Cut a smaller hole or design in half of your round biscuits and place them onto a lines baking tray. Pop in the freezer for an hour (do not skip this step!)

Oven at 170*c

4 - Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden-brown.

5 - Remove, cool for 5 minutes on the tray then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

6 - On your plain round biscuits place a splodge of jam and cover the biscuits, then sandwich another with a hole on top. dust with icing sugar.

These make lovely little edible gifts for friends, they will last 3-4 days in an airtight container.

NOTE: Do not be tempted to skip freezing these biscuits, if you bake these without chilling them they will spread and lose their shape.



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