Oooh! Ahhh! Mmmm ...
Photo by Amy Spiro
A tiny cookie packs a big punch of flavor with ginger and clove.
Are you ready for the prettiest, daintiest, loveliest cookie you've ever seen? Then you're ready for these miniature linzer torte treats. A buttery almond dough, a flavor-packed jam filling and a dusting of icing sugar on top really are the perfect combination. The dough gets its flavor from the ground nuts but also the brown sugar, citrus zest and a variety of spices. It may seem like a lot of ingredients for one cookie, but the hints of ginger and clove are definitely present in the final product.
The cookies are delicious, but the jam is really a star here too, so you don't want to skimp on the cheapest brand. I have a soft spot in my heart (and stomach) for raspberry jam, but strawberry is also great -- really whatever flavor you love most. And if you're lucky enough like me to live near a place you can purchase your nuts freshly ground, then go for that as well. Your taste buds will thank you!
Amy Spiro is a journalist and writer based in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute's baking and pastry track, a regular writer for The Jerusalem Post and blogs at bakingandmistaking.com. She also holds a BA in Journalism and Politics from NYU.