It’s December, which means it’s time for holiday baking! I’m sure you can all imagine how excited this makes me. Recently, I won a baking competition held at my work. It was quite fun – we had to supply 6 dozen of a dessert of choice (I made my Naughty Brownies, of course). And as the winner of this competition, I received a prize, which was a Good HouseKeeping Holiday Cookbook! I was, of course, eager to bake a recipe from this cookbook. And the first to catch my eye was this homemade Cherry Linzer Bar recipe.
I have never made these before, so my first attempt wasn’t too bad, though I would make a couple of adjustments my next time around. First off, maybe go light on the hazelnuts, or possibly substitute the hazelnuts? I think I expected these to taste more like jamb thumbprints, so when I took my first bite, I was a bit alarmed by the nutty aftertaste. However, if you’re a hazelnut fan, I think these are a winner! I did bring them to work, and my co-workers didn’t complain – so I’d say that’s a win. Overall, I’d say this is a great holiday cookie – great texture, the perfect amount of sweet, and they look super festive with a dusting of powdered sugar!
Check out this Good Housekeeping Recipe here. I did do a couple of things differently – first, I just used a Cherry Jelly (which I don’t think made much of a change in taste). I also do not have a food processor, so I used my trusty Ninja blender. I think it still did the job – my hazelnuts were completely ground up, so I was happy to realize I may not actually need a food processor. And I think I would like to experiment with a bit less hazelnut, substituting with flour. I’d also like to have even more of the jam mixture – there were some bites that just lacked that delicious cherry goodness. So, a second jar of cherry jelly would definitely be necessary for my next batch.
If you give this recipe a try this holiday season, please leave me a comment below of your thoughts!