I accidentally blinked, and now we’re in the middle of November. How did we get here? How did this happen? Is my senior year of college really almost halfway over?
Yeah, yeah it is. And the dozens of job applications staring me in the face won’t let me forget it, either.
Applying for jobs is honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Tailoring each cover letter to make it sound like I’m wholly focused on this one job, making sure my resume is consistent and updated, looking for these elusive little jobs in the first place – it’s just so grueling. Someone should be paying me to find someone to pay me, honestly.
In the spirit of doing impossible things, I decided it’d be super cool to try my hand at linzer cookies this weekend. If you don’t know the name, I’m sure you know what they’re supposed to look like: they’re those real cute sandwich Christmas cookies with a shape cut out of the top cookie so you can see the beautiful red raspberry jam that’s in the middle. The whole thing is dusted with powdered sugar to give it the perfect illusion of snow-dusted presents left on your plate by some magical force, maybe even from Santa himself.
They really are a beautiful tradition.
And mine turned out nothing like that.
Here’s the thing, y’all. Making art like this takes a patient and practiced hand, a couple of fancy tools, and some time. I really don’t have any of that. So yeah, my linzer cookies weren’t quite perfect, but they were a lot easier than I expected, and they tasted pretty darn good. So as a gift to you, I’m going to give you two sets of instructions: one set is what Ina Garten (yeah, I know, I should’ve expected one of her recipes to be hard but all the ingredients were normal for once so I figured I’d try it) suggests to make the perfect snow-covered cookies that you’ll want to serve to all your guests; the other set is the Patented Zac Jones Method to Make Your Life Much, Much Easier. This method will result in tasty cookies that look like they need a little bit more love, but the draw of this way of doing things is that you can watch an entire episode of “The Crown” on Netflix while you bake instead of fussing over methods and procedures. And if we’re being honest, that’s more important to me than an impressive platter for guests.
Either way you decide to prepare these, I hope you enjoy them! They’re perfectly sweet and buttery, with a little bit of tartness from the lingonberries. Listen to some Christmas tunes while these are in the oven and you’ll start feeling festive in no time!