It’s finally February which means I am baking all things PINK and sugary in preparation for Valentine’s Day. These cookies are so delicate, perfectly sweet, and contain the slightest tang of orange. So what are you waiting for?! Get ready to make the ultimate Valentine’s Day cookie- Vegan Blood Orange Curd Linzer Cookies!
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True Story: I Love Valentine’s Day
Truth be told I LOVE Valentine’s Day! Growing up it was a chance to write Valentine’s Day cards to everyone in school and maybe JUST MAYBE get that special note from your crush. Then, when I was older and single it was a day filled with a night in (or out) with my girls, some wine, baking, and lots of chocolate. Now that I’m in a relationship, it’s a nice excuse for us to cook something special in or treat ourselves to a fancy meal out. I know there’s a lot of commercial hype around the Holiday, but to me, it’s always just a good reminder to tell everyone you care about how much they mean to you and to eat some sugary baked goods while you’re at it.
This year, I’ll be recovering from my foot surgery so things will look a little different. To be honest, I may just be celebrating from the couch. Regardless, I’m not going to let this stop us from drowning ourselves in these perfectly sweet Blood Orange Cookies! Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to eat a cookie that is heart shaped and pink?!
Some Notes on Vegan Curd
In the spirit of the Holiday, I’ve included a few process shots that should help you while making these cookies. The most important first step is to make sure to make your curd 4-24 hours before baking these cookies. Personally, I wait for the full 24 hours because the curd really has time to “set” and become super thick and creamy during this time in the fridge.
Also, when you’re making your curd:
- Make sure not to overcook it. As soon as it starts thickening you’ll want to remove from the heat. Believe me, it WILL get thicker over time and cooking it longer doesn’t help.
- Don’t add too much sugar. Since blood oranges are pretty sweet, I only included 2 Tbsp of sugar in this recipe, however, that amount is definitely adjustable if you want a sweeter or more tart curd.
- Make sure to add in your arrowroot powder and mix before cooking. Otherwise, you will end up with some chunky and rather gross curd.
Making the Linzer Cookies
Once the curd has set, making the cookies is actually super easy. First, cream your vegan butter and sugar. I use organic powdered sugar in this recipe vs. granulated because it creates a really delicate and soft cookie. Plus, creaming these ingredients together incorporates air into the dough and helps create the structure that will hold these cookies together. From there, you can really add the rest of the ingredients in at once and mix!
Though the dough isn’t too sticky, I HIGHLY suggest rolling it between two pieces of unbleached parchment paper. It makes it really easy to get the dough even in height which is super important to create uniform cookies.
Then, you’ll need a Linzer Cookie Cutter to cut out the dough. You’ll cut out half the cookies without the insert and half with the insert of a heart inside. Though you don’t need to bake the small hearts, I like to bake them up anyways as I think they are fun and cute!
Then, right before baking, stick the cookies on a baking tray and place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes. The dough will get warm from all the rolling and handling so doing this step helps to prevent the cookies from spreading. Then, it’s time to bake!
After baking, use a mesh strainer or sifter to sift an additional 2 Tbsp of sugar on top of the heart-shaped Linzer cookies. Then, spoon about 1 tsp of vegan blood orange cookies onto the bottom cookies. Finally, sandwich together and ENJOY!
The Final Result
That’s it- a delicious Vegan Blood Orange Linzer Cookie awaits! Just remember, you can make this recipe with virtually any jam, curd, or filling you can think of. My recipes are always made to be adaptable so that the recipe works for you. This week’s recipe came early because of surgery, but next week I’ll be back on track with a recipe for another delicious curd. Happy Baking!
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