Spiced Linzer Cookie Recipe with Pear Caramel Filling

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Now, on to these Linzer cookies.

Our family has their favorite cookies which get baked year after year.

And that’s a good and wonderful thing.

But every now and again, it’s good to add a new twist to the usual routine…am I right?

Enter these Spiced Linzer Cookies with Pear Filling.

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And if I’m TOTALLY HONEST…this Linzer cookie recipe was made pretty much because I wanted to use my new Linzer Cookie Cutters.  That’s OK, isn’t it?

I mean, how do you not love a little window in a little cookie through which you can view the luscious filling.

But then, baking Linzer cookies became a non-negotiable when an email arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

It was an email from one of my favorite canners, Marisa from Food in Jars and the recipe she was sharing was for Pear Vanilla Caramel Sauce. I swear divine intervention was responsible and it was clearly destined that this sauce should be the filling for my Linzer Cookies.

I’m telling you, it’s that Kismet thing again!!!

A lightly spiced gingerbread cookie was what I envisioned pairing with Marisa’s Pear Caramel Sauce.

For whatever reason, I have always felt that pear and gingerbread were made to go together. Is that a real thing or is it a pairing I’ve made up?

So I took a classic Linzer cookie recipe and altered it by substituting dark brown sugar for granulated sugar and by adding those great, warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg.

These lightly spiced and slightly sweet Linzer cookies are the perfect foil for the rich and flavorful Pear Caramel Sauce.

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Spiced Linzer Cookies with Pear Filling

Lightly spiced Linzer cookies are sublime when paired with this luscious pear caramel filling.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigerated Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 1835 kcal
Author lynn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, 1 cup softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pear Caramel Sauce

Instructions

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350'

  2. Combine almond flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and spices

  3. Beat together butter and dark brown sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes with a stand mixer.

  4. Beat in egg and vanilla

  5. Add flour mixture and process until just combined, about 1 minute. 

  6. With floured hands, form dough into two disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

  7. Put oven racks in upper and lower third of oven

  8. Roll out 1 disk at a time, about 1/8" thick between 2 sheets of wax paper or lightly floured parchment paper. I also use my Silicon pastry mat.

  9. Once the dough is rolled out, refrigerate for 30 minutes before you cut it. 

  10. Repeat with the second disk.

  11. Cut as many cookies as possible form the dough with your Linzer Cookie cutter and transfer to ungreased large baking sheets, arranging about 1 inch apart. You may also need to refrigerate after cutting your shapes and before you transfer them to the baking sheet if the dough gets too soft.

  12. Use cutter with the insert to cut the same number of cookies and place on a second cookie sheet.

  13. Reroll scraps only once and cut as many shapes as possible

  14. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking.

  15. Bake for 10-15 minutes total, switching position of the sheets halfway through the baking until the edges are golden.

  16. Transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.

  17. Spread about 1 teaspoon of pear filling on the flat side of a solid cookie and then top with the flat side of the windowed cookie.

  18. Dust with powdered sugar.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Linzer Cookies with Pear Filling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1835 Calories from Fat 1107
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 123g 189%
Saturated Fat 60g 300%
Cholesterol 335mg 112%
Sodium 648mg 27%
Potassium 369mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 162g 54%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 56g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 59.2%
Calcium 26.6%
Iron 48.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The key for the caramel sauce is to get it thick enough so that’s it’s more of a jelly than a sauce.  Heating it until it reaches 225′ is key. I also put a small dollop on a chilled plate and when the dollop was firm, I knew it was done cooking. 

It’s better to make the sauce too thick than too thin; I added a small bit of brandy to the thickened caramel to thin it as necessary.

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Pear Caramel Sauce

Marisa McClellan's Pear Vanilla Caramel Sauce is the perfect filling for the Spiced Linzer Cookies.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pear, caramel, sauce
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe pears soft
  • 1 TB water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brandy

Instructions

  1. Core and chop pears

  2. Puree in blender or food processor with salt and water until smooth

  3. Combine sugar with 3/4 cup water in a saucepan.

  4. Place over medium-high heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until sugar darkens to a medium brown. The caramel can turn from perfect to burnt in a NY second, so keep your eye on it (not that I know 😉)

  5. Don't stir the caramel, instead gently swirling the pot

  6. Once the syrup has reached a medium brown stage, remove it from the heat and add the pear puree.  It will bubble...so be cautious

  7. Stir well to combine the sugar and pear puree and return the pot to a medium high heat. Make sure you are getting the bottom of the pot as you stir.

  8. Continue to stir until the sauce reaches a temperature of 225'. 

  9. Test a dollop on a chilled plate.  It should stick together when you push the dollop

  10. Remove from heat and add 2 TB of brandy, adding more in 1 tsp increments if it is too thick.

Once assembled, the cookies get a finishing dusting of powdered sugar.

If you’d like to add this Spiced Linzer Cookie recipe to your Christmas Cookie repertoire, bookmark this page or pin the following image for your future reference.

 

Now it’s time to see more Christmas ideas from these talented home bloggers. Here’s the tour lineup for the week. Be sure to visit everyone for wonderful Christmas ideas for the whole house. The links for each topic are below the images.

Monday – Christmas Mantel Ideas

 

Tuesday – Christmas Tablescape Ideas

 

Wednesday – Christmas DIY/Craft Project Ideas

 

Thursday – Christmas Tree Ideas

Friday – Christmas Recipes

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18 Comments

  1. Patti

    November 30, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Oh my Lynn, these sound utterly amazing and unique. I also love that they are gorgeous looking too. I’ve made my share of baked goods and dishes that taste good but don’t look so good. However, when they look so festive it’s a total bonus.

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    • lynn

      December 2, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Aw Patti…thanks! I have no doubt that whatever you make will be gorgeous AND delicious. Thanks for swinging by and hope you have a great weekend, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  2. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

    November 30, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Wow, Lynn. These sound amazing. I’ve never made linzer cookies but they’re beautiful. And your combination of pear and gingerbread sounds perfect. I might just be ordering some of those cookie cutters for a baking day with my girls. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • lynn

      December 2, 2018 at 7:06 am

      I love baking with my girl! Hope we will get a day of baking in before Christmas.

      Thanks again for organizing us my friend.

      Have a great day.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  3. Paula

    November 30, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my goodness! These cookies sound absolutely scrumptious! I must make these this holiday season and I know that they would not last long at my house. Your cookies not only sound good, they are so very pretty.

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    • lynn

      December 2, 2018 at 7:05 am

      Good Morning Paula! They really do not last long…but they are so light that you don’t feel ‘too’ guilty! Have a wonderful day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  4. Leen Curinga

    November 30, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Lynn, these little cookies are so cute! And your pics are amazing as usual!

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    • lynn

      December 2, 2018 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Leen…I have fun taking the pictures…and eating the cookies!

      Reply
  5. Randi

    December 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Those look beautiful … and sound delicious, too! I love the seasonal pear flavor!

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    • lynn

      December 2, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Thanks Randi, they have found their way onto the list of my favorites rather quickly!

      Reply
  6. Susie | Chelsea Project

    December 2, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    You make the most beautiful food. These cookies are a delish work of art. Can’t wait to try.

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    • lynn

      December 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Oh my sweet friend! I’ll bring my beautiful food and put it in your beautiful dining room and we’ll have quite a beautiful shindig!

      Reply
  7. Maryann

    December 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    So pretty & I bet they taste amazing!

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    • lynn

      December 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Maryann…

      Oh, they are definitely a brand new family favorite!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  8. Lora Bloomquist

    December 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Yum, these look so good! And that filling-what a unique combo. Pinned!

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    • lynn

      December 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Lora…it is quite delicious. Made some for my parents the other night and mom couldn’t stop raving about them! A new family favorite.

      Have a great day,

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  9. Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    December 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I saw your cookies on IG and I have to say they look so delicious. My favorite fruit this time of year is pears and I bet your pear filling is divine. Pinning 🙂

    Reply
    • lynn

      December 10, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Hey Michelle…and do you agree that pears and gingerbread are meant to go together? For whatever reason they are a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire pairing.

      Reply

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