TWD: Linzer Sables

to be my darlings at TWD, I'M BACK!!!

Guess who's back from the living dead? no prices for guessing correctly of course. *sniggers* and just in time for TWD the Dec 2nd edition! For this round, Noskos of
Living the life has chosen impeccable Linzer Sables. All in time for a little christmas baking spirit i suppose.


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For this recipe, I used almond meal as my choice as i figured it would be the best pairing with the jam filling. And for the latter, I used a nice blueberry jam instead of the recommended raspberry of marmalade reason being that I wasn't too entirely into those two. And I added in a tsp of Stroth given to me by my da-yi-ma. The recipe worked especially well and the end result was a dough that was incredibly easy to work with after a bit of chilling in the ole' freezer. I was thrilled once again by the tantalizing aroma of cinammon floating out as the cookies were baking. Trust me, even if i were impeded with a blocked nose, I could have spot that smell from the neighbouring block. HAH!

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baking shaped cookies reminds me a time long ago when I used to tip toe over the counter staring at my auntie as she pushed the boy cookie cutter thru the gingered dough during christmas. As i grew a little, I was then given the task of cutting out the gingerbread man and then decorating them with mini chocolate chips and m&ms as buttons. From then, was hooked on the smell of the warm scent of ginger and other spices as they reminded me of a somewhat fairytale childhood. One that I yearned to indulge in everytime i stepped into my auntie's house. If i remember correctly, her kitchen was a little bigger than my present living room. With high marble counter tops and classic wooden stools and china plates and fine cutlery stacked neatly in the corners. It could have looked like a scene straight out of a martha stewert magazine. Ever since then, I was more or less teased by the idea of owning riches and living in the lap of luxury. Even asking my mum ' How do I become as rich as da-yi-ma?' at the age of 7! fancy that!

But thank goodness, now I live content in my little dimly lit kitchen.. with my small oven staffed to the side. Still, that smell never fails to remind me of such a beautiful memory.. of many christmases...

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33 comments:

yamunah said...

STARS! (:

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i am content, too, but still dreaming of a big kitchen on day! nice linzer stars!!

spike. said...

they look good, I'm looking forward to making these tonight

Jules Someone said...

Those look adorable! I'm glad they turned out for you.

vibi said...

Beautiful Sihan, they look totaly christmasy!!!
Oh! And welcome back from the living dead! LOL

Linda said...

Sihan, the stars are too cute --- and so festive!!

pinkstripes said...

Your linzer sables turned out great!

The Food Librarian said...

These turned out perfect! I love the blueberry jam - what a lovely filling.

didally said...

Very lovely star-shaped sables. I'm too tired to join this week. lol

kim said...

welcome back! :) your cookies are beautiful, love the star shape.

chocolatechic said...

Looks wonderful.

Welcome back. I missed you.

Engineer Baker said...

I love the stars! Every time I make cutouts, I remember times like that too - growing up, and all I was allowed to do was cut them out and decorate them. I really wanted to be able to mix up the dough too :)

Jodie said...

Love the stars! Great job!

Peggy said...

The stars are great. And you know it isn't the size of the kitchen that matters, it's the cook! You always do a great job.

Jess said...

Love the stars...how beautiful!

Flourchild said...

Soo nice to see you back! I love your star cookies...so pretty. I forgot TWD =(...Im running around like crazy these days.

natalia said...

Ciao ! they look gorgeous !

Pamela said...

The stars are great! And the cookies look so pretty finished with the powdered sugar.

Cathy said...

You came back just at the right time! And you came back with a bang -- your cookies are seriously gorgeous! I love the stars!

rainbowbrown said...

Love the stars! And blueberry sounds wonderful.

Jamie said...

Your filling sounds delicious! I used blackberry jam and it was yum! Great looking cookies!

Gabe's Girl said...

Wow! Great cookies. Very strong and bold. I like being a raindrop instead of a comment!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Looks great! Love your pics!

Kayte said...

Oh, how beautiful...and I love the stars for the holidays...I was too afraid to try those as I thought the points might get too done, so I was very happy to see yours and that they looked so lovely...I am going to do stars this weekend and put them away for the holiday cookie trays. Thanks for the idea!

Katrina said...

Great stars. I'm going to make them again this Saturday and I think I'll do stars!
Yum!

HoneyB said...

They look great! I made stars too!

Mary Ann said...

What fun memories of your aunt. I love your stars and the blueberry jam sounds fantastic. THese really did smell good.

Anne said...

Beautiful photos! I love the shape of your stars and the generous dusting of sugar- they look wonderful!

n.o.e said...

Your cookies turned out perfectly. I love the sugar-dusted stars, and your flavors sound yummy. Thanks for sharing your baking memories!
Nancy

Alwayzbakin said...

They look beautiful! I also used almonds for my cookies. But the blueberry jam sounds sinful. Great idea.

Piggy said...

Great looking linzer sables! the star shape cookies really make me feel that Christmas is coming soon!

Kait said...

They look so gorgeous. Stars + icing sugar + pretty red jam = perfection.

Rachel said...

SO cute--love the stars!!! Glad you're back!!