Friday, December 12, 2008

Tee Gebaeck


Some of you may recognize this German Recipe.
This recipe could also be referred to as Linzer Cookies.
These cookies were part of a Christmas exchange, years ago from my Tanta Gertraut.
My husband dived in for this gift and he finally won the gift exchange with a happy smile on his face. My aunt passed this recipe down to my SIL, Trudy and she has taken the time to walk me through the steps.

He has begged me for years to get this recipe...
I now have the recipe, the utensils, and actually made them last night.
Guess who had to come and help put the jam between the layers?

2 3/4 C. flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
3/4 C. sugar

Sift these three ingredients.

1 Cup cold butter
2 Eggs
1 tsp.Vanilla

Make a whole in the middle of your bowl and slowly shred 1 Cup of cold Butter, adding the eggs and vanilla. Knead the flour and ingredients till you have a smooth dough.

Divide into two batches. I put the other batch in the fridge while I cut all the bottoms.
It's important to keep the dough chilled as it works much better.
Roll out the dough very thin, less than 1/4 inch. Keep your counter floured so they don't stick.
Use the round base cutter. I made mine a bit too thick, so I tried again....
Bake in the oven at 375 between 4-5 minutes.

Then take the other batch and use your favorite cutter (Linz cutter with an insert) and make all the tops. I think you can buy those Linz cutters at a Delicatessen
Again, bake for 4-5 minutes.

When they are all baked, you can use your favorite jam.
I didn't have home made jam, but Judy was generous enough to loan me some raspberry jam.
Spread about one teaspoon of jam on each bottom.
Place tops over bottoms to create the sandwich effect.

When they are completed, freeze them and just before serving, dust them with a bit of powdered sugar. They taste the best straight out of the freezer.

Yes, they take time but they are worth it.

9 comments:

  1. Pretty as a picture, Marg! I used to make some Swedish cookies that are very similar...but round with a round centre cut. Stars look nicer at Christmas.

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  2. My sil and I have traded part of one recipe for years . . . she makes the Lindser cookies and I make the angel kisses. It's a good way to end up with more! Marg, I like your pictures!

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  3. They are beautiful...and I LOVE your collage! I have been going collage crazy!

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  4. Beautiful pictures Marg. And wow...what a lot of work! Those are terrific cookies though I am guessing and well worth it. Better than any storebought and lucky people who participate in any cookie exchange with those. Thanks for sharing. I've seen the special cookie cutters at the store but thought...hmmm...I haven't a clue how to make these. But here we are...recipe and all. No excuse for me anymore!

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  5. Marg..pretty and festive looking cookies. I make a similar cookie but it has a round centre cut. My favorite jam for those is high bush cranberry jelly and green mint jelly.
    I agree..frozen are the best!

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  6. these are picture perfect marg....
    i would love to take a bite right now........ok never mind a bite give me at least a few cookies :-)

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  7. Mmmm.. these look soo good ! I remember them but haven't seen them in years !! The cut out part always intrigued me as a child.
    lovely pics..

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  8. Those cookies are so beautiful! Wonderful job!

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