Linzertorte is an Austrian cake that originated in the city of Linz. It is often eaten at Christmas time. Normally it has a flaky pastry base, a jam filling and a lattice work top. It is also the oldest known tart recipe in the world. In North America it is apparently very common to create Linzertorte Cookies or Linzertorte Biscuits as a festive treat. These have the same lattice work top and jam filling but have a shortbread or cookie base.
This weekend I decided I was going to bake some Linzertorte cookies. I have been intrigued by them for some time and I was really interested to see how they would turn out. I was really happy with the result, they are a really tasty biscuit. The taste reminded me a little of Bakewell tarts in biscuit form. The only problem with them is that once you eat one you find that you have to have another. When I looked in my biscuit tin later I found that quite a few had disappeared.
The Linzertorte biscuits are actually really easy to make. I thought they might be hard but they are actually quite quick and simple. The only hard part is browning the marzipan, you have to watch it in case it burns as it can brown very fast. If you want to give try making some Linzertorte Biscuits this is the recipe:
Linzertorte Biscuits Recipe
Makes 12 biscuits