Dads are special, but grandpas are many times moved forward in rank by granddaughters. Grandfather AKA “pawpaw,” Keith White, is no exception with granddaughters Haylee (big sister) and Hollyn (little sister.)
We celebrate those grandpas today with a photo shoot conducted by area photographer Bethany Hamlett. We’ve also included a recipe for some delicious cookies to serve with your next tea event.
**Cornmeal Raspberry Linzer Cookies
For tea time, try festive Cornmeal Raspberry Linzer Cookies. They’re a great go-to option since they use many ingredients you may already have in your pantry. A Linzer cookie cutter set can make cutting these cookies a snap.
3/4 C. (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
11/2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. seedless raspberry jam
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Combine the butter and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium‑high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add the flour, cornmeal, and salt and mix thoroughly on low speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times if necessary.
Divide the dough in half. Pat each portion into a flattened round. Wrap each round in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove one portion of the dough from the refrigerator and let it stand for 5 minutes. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2‑inch cookie cutter, cut the dough into the desired shapes. Place the cutouts 1 inch apart on a large nonstick cookie sheet. Using a 3/4‑inch cookie cutter, cut shapes from centers of half the cookies. Reroll the scraps as necessary. Repeat with the remaining portion of dough. Bake in batches, if necessary. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges are light brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
To assemble the cookies, spread a scant teaspoon of the raspberry jam on each cookie bottom (without cutouts). Top with the cookies with cutout centers. Serve within 2 hours. Right before serving, dust with powdered sugar.