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Crisco's® Raspberry Linzer Rounds
These delicious gems are reminiscent of Austria's famed linzer torte.
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Serves: Makes about 2 Dozen Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 9 minutes
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1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 Butter Flavor CRISCO Stick, (or 1 cup Butter Flavor CRISCO all-vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1/4 cup light corn syrup, or regular pancake syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, (plus 4 tablespoons, divided)
1 cup ground almonds, (about 4 to 5 ounces)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Smucker's® Red Raspberry Preserves, (preferably seedless), stirred
confectioners' sugar, (optional)




Combine sugar and Butter Flavor Crisco in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, syrup, vanilla and almond extract. Beat until well blended and fluffy.


Combine 2 cups flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add gradually to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until well blended.


Divide dough into 4 quarters. Wrap each quarter of dough with plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.


Heat oven to 375ºF. Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cookies.


Spread 1 tablespoon or more of flour on large sheet of waxed paper. Place one quarter of dough on floured paper. Flatten slightly with hands. Turn dough over and cover with another large sheet of waxed paper. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

Remove top sheet of waxed paper. Cut out with 2- to 2-1/2-inch floured crinkled round cutters. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet with large pancake turner. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Cut out centers of half of cookies with 1/2- to 3/4-inch round cutter.


Bake one baking sheet at a time at 375ºF for 5 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies (bake smaller, thinner cookies closer to 5 minutes; larger cookies closer to 9 minutes). DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to foil to cool completely.


Spread a small amount of Smucker's Raspberry Jam on uncut cookies. Top with cut-out cookies, bottom sides down, to make sandwiches. Sift confectioner's sugar, if desired, over tops of cookies.
*Butter Flavor Crisco is artificially flavored.




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