Oooh! Ahhh! Mmmm ...
A tiny cookie packs a big punch of flavor with ginger and clove.
Photo by Amy Spiro
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.