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Cranberry Orange Chocolate Linzer Cookies

My Cranberry Orange Chocolate Cookies belong to the  Linzer cookies family
. Over the years I experimented with different ingredients, adding, new
flavors to the basic linzer cookie recipe.  Linzer cookie dough is
beautiful on its own but by try adding ground walnuts, pecans, hazelnut,
little bit of chocolate, crystallized ginger, or use it to make little
apple tarts. Delicious.

Cranberry Orange Chocolate Linzer Cookies (about 25-28 sandwiched cookies)
3cups (450grams)all purpose flour
1cup powdered sugar(about 130grams)
2sticks(226grams) room temperature butter
1tbl orange zest

2tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1/3cup dry cranberries
3tbl Orange Liqueur
  •  Soak cranberries in orange liqueur for 2 hours, or overnight then finely chop  soaked cranberries,set aside.
  • In the mixer fitted with  a petal
    attachment beat butter and sugar until smooth, add egg yolks, vanilla
    bean paste, orange zest, beat until combined, stir in chopped cranberries.
  • Add flour and stir until it starts to
    come together. If the dough is too crumbly, add 1tsp milk. Do not
    overwork the dough. Invert the dough onto a clean work surface or into a
    large bowl and gather dough together with your hands into a ball. Then
    form  the dough into  a disk, wrap it in the foil and chill for an hour
    or so.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Very very lightly flour your work
    surface, place the dough on top and then layer a piece of parchment on
    top of the dough and  roll it out thinly, into about 0.15″( 3mm). Using a
    large spatula, run the spatula underneath the dough.
  • Cut out as many cookies as you can, transfer rounds on the baking sheet. cut out centers from half of the cookie rounds.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes, just until bottom edges start to get slightly golden.
  • Let cookies cool completely.
  • Fill the cookies with ganache filling. I
    like to use  butter knife for this. It really works very well.
    Spread the ganache on the bottom portion of the cookie and put the cookie with a cut out on the top, sandwich together.
  • It is best to let the cookies rest overnight, so they can mature, filling will soften the cookies a bit making them really tender.
  • Store these between layers of wax paper in an airtight container in a cool place. I had these for 2 weeks with no problems.
Ganache Filling
1/2 cup heavy cream (120ml)
3/4 cup  dark chocolate chips, or chopped chocolate
  • Place chocolate into a medium size heat proof bowl, glass or stainless steel bowl works great.
  • Heat heavy cream until it gets hot, once you see little bubbles forming around the edges pour it over the chocolate.
  • Cover bowl with a piece of paper towel and then put a plate on top, let sit for about 2 minutes.
  • Using a  spoon or spatula stir the
    mixture until all the chocolate is incorporated, you should get a
    thick shiny chocolaty mixture.
  • Let cool completely, best for several hours.

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