The holidays are coming upon us with a vengeance. If it’s not the shopping, the wrapping, or the postal stampeding, we’re stressing about the food. In my family, I’m a glorified Keebler elf; I handle all of the holiday cookies because I’m the only one that hasn’t tried to chuck the cookie gun against the wall. I’m also a solid baker, given that I’ve been gifting cookies since I was 11 or 12 and haven’t poisoned anyone (yet). I decided to test my baking skills and try a recipe that would replicate my father’s favorite cookie from his childhood bakery.
My father practically inhaled the 50 some-odd Linzer cookies (that I nearly lost my sanity trying to bake; don’t worry I figured out a nifty method that I’ll share with all of you). Evidently the cookies I served up were just as good as the Linzers from his childhood, so now I’ll be adding them to my extensive holiday cookie roster. If you also have a parent that reminisces about bakeries from the Bronx/Yonkers area (or a relative that enjoys almond cookies), try whipping these up for your holiday festivities.