Special Linzer Cookies (Ischler)
This dessert has been my husband's favorite treat since his childhood. So you can imageine how happy I was when I got it just right after a few rounds of tests to make them grain free! 🙂
I am personally a huge fan of linzer cookies - especially the ones filled with raspberry jam (sandwich style) and sprinkled with powdered sugar. These linzer cookies are the base for an Ischler.The difference is that the Ischler takes it a step further - by covering the whole thing in dark chocolate. Say whaaaat? As soon as you cover it in chocolate it becomes an "Ischler". Oh, soooo good!
This delight is very typical Hungarian dessert, enjoyed especially around Christmas.
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour - more? 3/4?
- 1 cup toasted hazelnuts ground
- 1/2 tsp xantan gum
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar If you like things sweeter go for 1 cup of coconut sugar.
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- rind of one organic lemon
- 1/2 cup coconut oil / 1 stick butter
- 1 egg and 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut yogurt
- raspberry or apricot jam
- 2 cups dark chocolate chip
Mix flours, xantan gum, baking soda, spices and salt in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, beat soft coconut oil / butter on high with handheld mixer.
Add coconut sugar and beat till fluffy (as much as possible).
Add in eggs, vanilla extract and lemon rind.
Fold in dry ingredients and kneed it into a ball with your hands. Place dough to the fridge for 15 minutes. This will make it easier to work with.
Place ball between unbleached parchment paper and roll it out about 1/5 inches thin. Cut the shapes you like, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake on 350F for 10 minutes.
If you would like to make them into Ischlers cut out smaller (1 1/2 inch diameter) circles, they will be easy to fill with jam and cover with chocolate. If you are just going for filling them - without the chocolate cover - I love shaping them into stars. They are so fesitive! 🙂