I’ve been waiting forever to share this recipe for chocolate linzers with berry wine jam with you!!! These are the cookies I made for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and I was beyond nervous about joining since it was my first year and hello…. another food blogger is going to be tasting one of my recipes!!
What if they don’t like it? What if they think my cookies suck and I should stop sharing my awful recipes with everyone? What if something happens in transit and the cookies suddenly go bad and I make someone sick?! What if my name is tarnished around the internet for life and I have to leave social media altogether?!?! Okay, so maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but I was seriously nervous about the prospect of having someone outside of my family and ex-coworkers trying my food first-hand.
It took me for-ev-er to come up with a recipe. I was torn between doing something simple and more of a crowd-pleaser, but I also wanted to do something that showed off my personal tastes and let the recipient get a taste of the kind of cookies I enjoy. In the end, I decided the whole point of the cookie swap (besides raising money for a good cause), was to get to know another blogger and show a personal side of yourself and went with a cookie I love.
For as long as I can remember, my favorite cookies were the ones with the sticky jams. I would eat the cookie around the jam and then eat the jam last, or in the case of linzers, open up the cookies and eat the jam first. To this day, they are still my favorite type of cookies.
My idea was to create a grown-up cookie that the ladies I was sending them to could enjoy on their own as I figured their families may have already claimed the other cookies. I decided I wanted to make the jam a wine-based jam, then later I decided to pair a mix of berries in the jam to complement the flavors of the alcohol in case one of the bloggers wasn’t a huge fan of wine. I was really worried that it would taste too much like wine and it would be a turn off to someone (to be honest with you, that is a huge turn on for me hahaha)
What I did not realize is that to make the jam suitable to put in cookies that were traveling around the country, I needed to make sure it was a very thick jam and would need to cook down the jam more than I normally would (I am using gelatin instead of pectin in this recipe just so you know. There is no particular reason for this except that I wasn’t able to get my hands on pectin when I started baking). so in my opinion, the wine ends up being a very subtle flavor that blends perfectly with the berries. I could not have asked for a better jam.
While I was still in the planning process, I decided a chocolate linzer would also work well with the flavors of the wine and I was right! I think a plain vanilla linzer would not show off the deeper flavors of the wine as well.
I really hope you enjoy these cookies and decide to make them for your loved ones this holiday season! *chocolate linzer adapted from Pineapple and Coconut
For the Jam
To Make the Cookies
To Make the Berry Wine Jam
*chocolate linzer adapted from Pineapple and Coconut