66 comments

  1. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I love knowing my neighbors! I love in suburb town so we are all very supportive and I bring my sweets and dishes over when ever I can just because it is nice. I would love for you to trade with me a few of this biscuits this holiday season. Simply gorgeous!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Aw, I LOVE the sound of that!! I’m definitely loving this new state of affairs :) and yes! Swapping cookies with you would make things even better. :) Thank you so much, Belinda!

  2. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I don’t know if you can claim that many exclamation points – I’m pretty sure I’ve contributed more than my fair share! In fact, these cookies make me want to exclaim – what a stunning combination of herbacious rosemary and sweet-and-salty caramel! Perfection.

  3. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I love the idea of living somewhere with such a great sense of community! Our neighbours are very much anonymous and nobody in our building seems really inclined to change that which is such a shame. Especially as it means that we don’t have a life size sled :(

    I’m totally in love with these cookies (I was just looking at your rosemary, white chocolate and almond cookies earlier today!). The combination of rosemary with the caramel is just magical. Can’t wait to make these asap!

    PS thank you so much for the pavlova love xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 10, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Bah for anonymity!! I definitely feel you on that… I think every other building I’ve ever lived in has been that way. If I were your neighbor I’d be knocking on your door for those pistachio chocolate cookies day and night!!

      Thank you so much for the sweet words!! I know, it’s funny how I can never get enough of rosemary in sweet applications.. just so weirdly savory yet delicious 😉 hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season, Kathryn!

  4. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I loooove rosemary and caramel, and these are such pretty, pretty cookies! I can’t believe I’ve never made a Linzer cookie before. Anyway, I love that you have a little neighbor tribe! We haven’t gotten to know ours at our last three places we’ve lived and now that we’re in a house I’d really like to know my neighbors better… but how do you start? I sort of just pass them by when I’m pulling into the driveway or they sometimes have seen me taking pictures of food on the porch — which I’m sure looks super weird. haha! 😉

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Hahaha!! At my old place you could see right in the windows if the shades were pulled back, and we definitely had people gawking at me from the sidewalk when I was on a stepstool taking pictures of food on the windowsill — LOL. If we were neighbors we could do a joint photoshoot and it’d be so much fun. 😉 Thank you so much for the sweet words, Ileana!!

  5. Sharon Atcheson says:

    December 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    These cookies look and sound amazing for my holiday treat tray! I don’t see the rosemary listed in the ingrediant list. Can’t wait to make these!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Hi Sharon!! I’m so sorry! It’s 1/2 tsp finely chopped rosemary, to be whisked with the egg. I’ve updated the ingredients list and it should list it now. Thank you so much for letting me know and thank you for such kind words!!!! I hope you love them if you try them.

  6. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I love the look of these cookies, so beautiful! I adore rosemary, but i’m only just starting to use it in baked things, these are perfect rosemary inspiration! Isn’t it great to know your neighbours! We used to live near to an enormous brood of children, it gave me the perfect excuse to try out ice cream recipes knowing there would always be a small face just a few doors away happy to polish off a cone or two! Jennie x

  7. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I have no idea who my neighbors are which is a real shame there seems to be a high turnover of residents. But I bet if I made them some of these cute little cookies Id soon have neighbor friends, they look super lovely.

  8. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

    These are so beautiful. I’m so making alfajores next week and will totally use elements of these. I can’t imagine friendly neighbors. I feel like they know too much because they see and hear everything.

  9. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Linzer cookies are some of my very favorite Christmas cookies and yours look phenomenal! Love your take on them with the rosemary as well as the salted caramel instead of jam. These pictures are so festive and cozy and powdered sugar is just the queen of every holiday baking pic, isn’t it?
    Also, yay to neighborliness! Those brunches sound like lots of fun, and I’m sure you’re the most favorite person as you always make sure to bring something delicious with you.
    Thanks for the link love <3 You're the sweetest.

  10. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I think I’m about to become obsessed with caramel and rosemary, whoa! I would have never thought to put those two together, but it sounds amazing. And in a linzer cookie, just stop 😉 I love the mysteriously absent neighbors because then you can make up their stories with your significant other, ha.

  11. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Whoa Cynthia, as always your photos are incredibly beautiful. Not even mentioning the cookies; so cute and gorgeous! I have always loved this time of the year too and I want to make all those delicious recipes that are appearing everywhere right now. Isn’t it amazing how different a neighbourhood can be? Yours sounds amazing – I wish I had neighbour brunches’ like that where I could bring all kinds of baked goods – they will definitely feel lucky with having you around (:

  12. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Oh my goodness woman. These are pretty beyond belief, and the flavors sound INCREDIBLE. Genius to mash up alfajores and linzer cookies, and the rosemary and salt… Swoon!! I used to work at a Peruvian restaurant where we served alfajores, except I called them “awfuljores.” The cookies were pasty and undercooked and they didn’t add any salt, so they tasted bland and overly sweet. Every once in a while I’d get tricked by their cute looks into slipping one into my mouth and I always regretted it. Thank you for reminding me that alfajores can be the most heavenly confection in the world. What lucky neighbors you have! <3

  13. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I always love to see what you come up with here, as it’s always so pretty and creative! I’m getting really excited for the holidays too, looking for various ideas for baking and menu-planning our Christmas brunch and dinner parties. These cookies would make such a lovely addition, or gift!

  14. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    My daughter and I made Linzer cookies over the weekend.. I have to say yours totally blow ours outta the water tho. LOL!.. It is good to know your neighbors and have that since of community.

  15. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Linzer cookies brings many childhood memories, as they were quite frequent quests on the holiday table…
    Anyway, it’s been couple of years when my bf and I moved from city into one small and cute house in suburb, and we were (still are) overwhelmed with the camaraderie of people living in our street… Maybe they will not offer you always Sunday cookies, but if you knock at their door – day or night – it’s ok, you are welcome…

  16. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    There’s SO MUCH right stuff in this post! And SO MUCH pretty!! <3
    Linzer cookies always make me think of Sarabeth's, for whatever reason. Maybe because I found out about these cookies in her book. I'd love to try making them, since I can't find them here (or I could take a trip to Austria, but that's for another time). Rosemary pairs so well with sweet stuff! Ever since I discovered how well it pairs with chocolate I've been meaning to incorporate it in more sweet recipes. It must taste delicious with caramel, as well!
    Your neighbors are lucky people! 😀

  17. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    How can you call this “Linzer cookies”??? Linzer cookies have 4 ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, ei. And filling is red currant jam. Thats it. These are nice cookies, but definitely not the Linzer cookies.

  18. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    ^^^^ ahem, rude! These linzer cookies are so perfectly festive! I love the combination of caramel and rosemary — so unique but totally makes sense! I live in a community similar to the one you moved from — the most interaction I’ve had with my new neighbor is being able hear him pee through the wall when it’s really quiet. hehe. I supposed I could use all of these Christmas cookies I’m pumping out to make friends — you’ve inspired me!!

  19. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I don’t even know where to start, so I guess I’ll start with these gorgeous cookies!! Rosemary and salted caramel? It’s like you read my mind and created the perfect cookie. And then they’re so so so gorgeous. I’m blown away. I loved hearing about your amazing neighbors; we were in the same nice but not insanely warm and kind neighbor boat till we moved down to LA and met our amazing neighbor but it sounds like you’ve got a community of awesome neighbors! Lucky yet totally well deserved. I’m sure they LOVE being your neighbor. And finally, THANK YOU so much for including me in your list of holiday splendor. I’m beyond grateful and humbled to be on a list that was compiled by you and includes so many wonderful bloggers! You are the blogosphere equivalent of an awesome neighbor. xx

  20. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Say it ain’t so Cynthia!!!! Linzer cookies, alfajores, dulce de leche, all of my favorites!!! I honestly was always kind of MEH about caramel though, until recently I made some at home with fresh ginger and now I’m in love with it! I can imagine how good these are~mmmmmm. <33 And it's awesome your neighbors are so easy going, Cynthia! Nowadays it's so hard to find that community of hospitality–especially in certain cities like LA.

  21. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    i was swept over with holiday cheer scrolling through this post. these cookies are just so delicate and beautiful, and your photos make my eyes so extremely happy – totally perfect. i have a special place in my heart for Linzers, as i thought (very selfishly) they were named after me when i was a kid. i love your take on them here with the caramel and rosemary – seriously, what’s more perfect than that!? sending you big hugs and lots of festive cheer! xo, friend.

  22. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    So much going on here today!! :)
    LOVE all the Christmas cheer, you are putting a smile on my face. Wishing you could be my neighbor right about now…these cookies look so good!
    And thanks for the shout out. So excited you like my beignets. But really, I think Molly’s gingerbread village today takes the cake!

    Happy Holidays!

  23. says:

    December 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    You’re kidding–your neighbors sound SO delightful! The only thing I ever get from my neighbors is hours of vacuuming at 3 AM and The Hobbit played at max volume at equally ungodly hours…plus the other guys across the way would throw raucous parties once a week that would shake my entire room. Ergh! You’re one lucky bug–don’t you ever let them move because I’m getting ready to pick up and move to where you’re at, girl! Get some of these cookies ready too, because they look swoonworthy. (Though the fact that you’re eating meals with your friendly neighbors is also making me swoon!)

  24. says:

    December 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Oh my goodness, Cynthia! This is breathtaking: the recipe, your narrative, the images and the recipe. All round wonderfulness and I can’t wait to make it… just wish that I had such friendly neighbours as you to share all these cookies with! Xx

  25. says:

    December 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

    These look CRAZY good! Not to mention the addition of rosemary! I reckon everyone would like (love, really) to be your neighbor. I thought the neighbour-bake exchange was just in fiction too, until the day my neighbour came over asking for eggs and the like.

    Ohmygahd I can’t take this any longer – simply breathtaking! Merry Christmas Cynthia!

  26. cakeoversteak says:

    December 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    These cookies are perfection!!! I’m into rosemary in baked goods and sweet things, so I hope I can find a moment to make these before the winter baking season is over. Not that I need a “baking season” to be baking … duh. Love it! If we were neighbors we would brunch always.

  27. says:

    December 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Yum yum yum!! These looks so good and so beautiful! (but what recipe/photos of yours doesn’t?) lol! I can taste the caramel and rosemary together right now…yuummm. OH, btw, want to tell you that I got the most amazing surprise box from you last night!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to dig in to the beautiful popcorn!! Made my day and brought a huge smile to my face 😀 I’ll email you this weekend with updated you know whats! Sending love! xoxoxoxo

  28. says:

    December 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I just realized that every time I come here, I hold my breath while I look through your photos. At the end of the post, it all comes out. It’s like all my faculties are focused on absorbing your beautiful images. So love, Cynthia, as always. Your neighbors won the lottery.

  29. says:

    December 11, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I agree that knowing neighbors for the sake of pawning your baked experiments off on them is suuuper nice (nice for my expanding waistline too;). Brunch without shoes sounds awesome too. I love how you’ve been incorporating spices I traditionally think of as savory into sweet decadent desserts – thyme marshmallows and now rosemary cookies! You are brilliant. (And I want to be your neighbor).

  30. says:

    December 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Your neighbor situation sounds amazing! I feel like New Yorkers are just not that friendly in general…we’ve been in the same building for 4.5 years and I don’t know one person in my building! Therefore, I eat way too many cookies because I have no one to share with…haha. I love your linzer cookies! This flavor combo sounds amazing. I actually JUST got a linzer cookie cutter and am going to bake my first batch the weekend. I hope they look as pretty as yours do! :)

  31. says:

    December 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    These look gorgeous! I’ve been looking for a baked good recipe with rosemary to use in little office Christmas treats I’m putting together. I can’t wait to try these out this weekend!

  32. says:

    December 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    So a few things…

    Your blog is amazing! I am sure you hear that a lot, but seriously you have such beautiful food + words on here.

    Also this ” (I’m pretty sure I’m single-handedly responsible for about 80% of the exclamation points on the web since December 1.) ” But like actually… me too!! I have definitely consciously had to NOT do it because i’m always like “OMG!!! your food sounds delicious!”

    Over the summer, I had the neighbors borrowing stuff experience + sitting on stoops with their kids. It’s super cute and comforty!!

    These linzers look amazing, the salted caramel sounds so good. I am definitely going to have to try this out.

  33. says:

    December 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I’d love only too much to live in your building and be 10-seconds-away-from-brunch neighbors with you, Cynth! What a lucky group of folks. :) Salted caramel in pretty much anything is my kryptonite, so it goes without saying these cookies have me weak in the knees. Crippled with envy, even. Loving Alana’s 12-Days series, too!! You gals and your cookies. I definitely got the short end o’ that stick. :) Happy holidays!! xo-em

  34. says:

    December 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Aw! It so rules to live somewhere where you feel community and neighbourliness. We live in a house but we have awesome next door neighbours! Um, these linzer cookies look and sound so dreamily good – plus, whenever I see the word Linzer I think someone’s calling me name… Cynthia you’re callin’ my name with your cooookiessss! (PS DEMAND your gift basket from last year!! sheesh, ya work hard enough!! ) xoxo

  35. says:

    December 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I’m all about rosemary-infused sugary things! These hybrid linz-ajores are genius.
    Neighbors are great if they’re good peps…I’m a hermit and often wonder if mine think of me as a future crazy cat lady. 😀

  36. Mary says:

    February 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I just made two batches of these cookies for Valentine’s Day 2017. The first batch I followed the cookie directions and they turned out great and I used store-bought caramel in a jar. The second batch I tried to make the home made caramel which was not a huge success. I wish there were more detailed instructions. About how long should the sugar/water mixture simmer? Mine was simmering so long that the sugar re-crystalized and it never turned golden. So I added more water and stirred again and it still didn’t work. I decided to finish the caramel following the directions anyway. It tasted fine but the consistency was off. More hand-holding instructions for the caramel would be great, or a picture of what color brown it should be.
    The rosemary is so refreshing in the cookies! Also, a fun surprise, I teach English in South Korea and one of the sister-cities of our city, Gwangyang, is Linz, Austria! So these cookies were perfect for my first day teaching English to our city hall employees. Thank you for this recipe!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Mary, I’m so glad that the cookies turned out for you but so sorry you had trouble with the caramel! The directions in the recipe (near the end) link to a GIF tutorial by Izy Hossack that I found incredibly helpful and that shows in GIFs exactly what you should be looking for at each step. Here it is again: http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2012/11/how-to-make-salted-caramel-a-step-by-step-guide-with-gifs.html I find caramel super finicky (and needed ALL the hand-holding my first time making it) so I totally sympathize with the need for more detail. I will try to edit mine for clarity next time I make it. Thank you for the feedback and for trying them!

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