Hazelnut Raspberry Linzer Squares
Photography by Noah Fecks
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This recipe, from Seven Spoons blogger Tara O’Brady, appeared in our 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar.”These exceptionally pretty, nut-flecked bars are an annual favourite for me and my family. The combination of a nutty dough and sweet jam creates a peanut-butter-and-jelly appeal, but the addition of fragrant vanilla and bright orange zest dresses up the classic pairing for the holiday table.”

Yield: makes 16 Squares

Ingredients

  • 12 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 34 cup flour
  • 12 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 12 cup hazelnuts, roasted, cooled, and finely ground in a food processor
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 14 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 12 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 23 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1 tsp. orange zest

Instructions

  1. Line a 9″ square baking pan with parchment paper and grease; set aside. Whisk together both flours, hazelnuts, and salt in a bowl; set aside. In another bowl, beat butter and both sugars on medium speed of a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla seeds. Add dry ingredients, and beat until just combined. Remove and reserve ½ cup dough; transfer remaining dough to prepared pan and press into bottom. Using an offset spatula, spread remaining dough into a 9″ square on a sheet of parchment paper; refrigerate both doughs for 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 350°. Stir together preserves and zest in a bowl, and then spread over dough in baking pan. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into 10 strips; lay 5 strips crosswise and then lay the remaining 5 strips lengthwise to form a grid over preserves. Bake until golden brown and preserves are bubbling, about 45–50 minutes. Let cool completely; unmold and cut into 36 squares.

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