Elf Treats... A.K.A Linzer Thumbprints

Aren't these the cutest little things, if treats were cute! I think they are perfect little elf snacks you could whip up with the kids for Christmas Eve.  Elfs have to eat too, they have been working so hard all year, they deserve it. OOO, and if you have an elf on the shelf deal he could totally pitch in on this one! You're welcome! 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Preparation

Toast the hazelnuts in a 350º oven for 6–7 minutes, until fragrant.

Prepare Basic Cookie Dough, combining 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts in food processor at step 2; pulse 20 times or until the nuts are finely chopped. Transfer mixture to a bowl; add remaining flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. At step 3 of basic-cookie recipe (with egg white and vanilla), add fresh lemon juice. Scrape dough into a medium bowl. Place 1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts in a small bowl. Roll 1 tablespoon of the dough into a ball. Gently roll the dough in chopped nuts. Place 2 inches apart on 2 baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray. Make an indentation in center of each cookie, going almost to the bottom. Using raspberry jam, fill each indentation with about 1/4 teaspoon.

Follow baking instructions for basic cookie. Store for 2 weeks at room temperature, or several months in the freezer.

Recipe from: Health.com