Lemon Pistachio Linzer Cookies
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Serves: about 20
These Linzer cookies stray from tradition with a pistachio studded dough and tart lemon curd middle.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of kosher salt
  • ¾ cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup lemon curd*
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl, set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the pistachios and confectioners sugar together until finely ground, but not pasty. Transfer the ground nuts to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle.
  3. Add the cold butter and granulated sugar and beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Add the vanilla and egg, beat to incorporate. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and mix in the flour until just combined. Gather the dough into two halves and press each into a flat disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
  4. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out one disc at a time on a floured surface to about ⅛ of an inch. Cut out shapes with a Linzer cookie cutter, then cut the centers out of half of the cookies. Gather the scraps and repeat. Place the cookies on the baking sheets (you'll probably have to bake these in a few batches) leaving about an inch between each and bake until pale golden, about 8 minutes. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack before filling.
  5. Sprinkle the cut-out middle cookies with confectioners sugar, these will be the tops of the cookies. Spread the lemon curd on the bottom cookies and top with the cut-out cookies.
  6. *Find my Easy Meyer Lemon Curd recipe HERE.
Adapted from Martha Stewart

If you don't have a Linzer cutter set, use a biscuit cutter or any basic shaped cookie cutter you have and cut out the center using a plain piping tip or other small shape.

I used this Linzer cutter set.
Recipe by hungrygirlporvida.com at http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2016/12/12/lemon-pistachio-linzer-cookies/