Tuesday, December 2, 2008

TWD: Linzer Sables


This week's Tuesdays with Dorie offering is the Linzer Sable, a wonderfully delicious cookie made with ground hazelnuts and filled with raspberry jam. I'm sure it's incredibly delicious.



I'm making an educated guess there, because my version turned out to be quite different from Dorie's ~ not because I didn't like her recipe, but because I was missing a few key ingredients (hazelnuts, jam) and decided to improvise.



I ground some walnuts with a couple of tablespoons flour (to keep it from turning into walnut butter) in my food processor and used that, and instead of filling my cookie sandwich with jam, I opted to go the ganache route.



Even there I made a minor variation: instead of the dark chocolate recommended by Dorie, I used semisweet, and I added several drops (to taste) of orange oil (not extract, but flavoring oil, by Oetker). The result was, I have to say, pretty amazing. That is, I was amazed that they came out so good for a cookie that had so many "make-do" substitutions!

To cut them out, I used my tiny little Christmas cutters, which are only about 1 1/2 inches long. This made the perfect size cookie sandwich for munching.

Thank you to Noskos of Living the Life for choosing this recipe . . . I am so delighted to have tried this ~ it's one for the regular rotation! If you want to make this yourself, you can find the recipe here or on pages 134-135 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. Don't forget to check out the TWD blogroll to see what everyone else made of these!

17 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the teddy and the mitten! Too cute! Adorably plump! Bravo Sandy!

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  2. I love the bear-shaped cookies! So cute! :D

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  3. your cutouts are precious. and orange-flavored ganache? sounds fantastic!

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  4. I used walnuts for my cookies as well. Yours look tasty!

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  5. Cute! I love the little bear - soo cute.

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  6. the orange and chocolate combo sounds great

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  7. They are super cute & I love the idea of filling them with chocolate

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  8. I was like'Wait I didnt see that one'. But its a diffrent event. They are just darling! Like how you improvised with the walnut instead.

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  9. I was like wait I didnt see these on Gourmet. But I see its another vent. They are just darling. I like how you improvised with Walnut and Chocolate.

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  10. ~Vibi: Thank you! My sister bought me these cookie cutters and I couldn't wait to use them! These cookies are so tender that the plumpness doesn't make them hard to bite into. (But I would have managed anyway.)

    ~Ovenhaven: Thank you! :)

    ~Happytummy: They're kind of like an Orange Milano ~ subtle. I want to try it now with other flavors. The oils don't make the chocolate misbehave like extracts might (I fear seizing!), so you can experiment with them.

    ~Danielle: Don't you just love walnuts? They're such a good standby - they always seem to be there when you need them. I buy a huge bag at Sam's Club and stick them in the freezer. Whenever I run out of almonds or pecans, it's walnuts to the rescue! :) But I do want to try these with hazelnuts.

    ~The Food Librarian: Can't wait to throw a tea party sometime - tiny teddies would make good shortbread cutouts, no? :)

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  11. ~Spike: Thanks! It's pretty tasty. Too tasty . . .

    ~Kat: I am a huge fan of mini cookies now. But they do take extra self-control, I'm finding. :)

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  12. the orange oil flavor sounds amazing. I love your cookie shapes, esp the teddy bear.

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  13. I love your addition of orange oil. That is just brilliant!

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  14. Your biscuits look incredible. Hazelnuts are on of my favourite nuts. I'm getting so impatient to receive my copy of the book!

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  15. ~Thank you Pinkstripes and Kristen! I love my little cookie cutters - mini cookies are becoming a favorite way for me to sample more cookies without chaining myself to the exercise bike! And I recently started discovering the benefits of using flavoring oils. There are some amazing flavors out there.

    ~Shaheen: Thank you! The book is amazing. One of the best I own. You will love it, I'm sure!

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  16. Wow these are amazing! Did your daughter happen to help you figure out how to frost them corectly? She must be very talented!!

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  17. ~Paris: Thank you! Funny you should ask this. My daughter, who coincidentally shares your name, is very talented, especially when it comes to frosting things, but no . . . she didn't assist with these. Well, she didn't assist with production. She did, however, kindly agree to help taste-test them.

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