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Kelsey's Linzertortes

Madison, Wisconsin · 211 Sales

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Kelsey's Linzertortes

Madison, Wisconsin 211 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Kelsey H

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Announcement   Welcome to winter 2015! I have some bad news, though. Due to a family emergency that used up all my remaining PTO and the general confluence of work + school + living somewhere with a worse kitchen setup than in prior years + trying to buy a home to solve the aforementioned kitchen problem, I am already straining my time and resources just to keep afloat and will be unable to offer a full shop as I have done in past years. However, out of respect to my customers over the years, I'm not closing up entirely.

I will be offering the "6 cookies" and "mini + 3 cookies" items ONLY. A limited number of these items will be made available according to the schedule listed below. Once the ordering window has passed, that listing will be pulled for the week whether or not it has sold out so that I have a fixed number of orders to make; if you miss it, please try for the next one. If you're really longing for a large torte, please contact me privately and depending on time constraints I may be able to make you a custom order, but making them en masse is simply not a possibility at this time.

Odering windows will be:

12/2/15 12PM CST - 12/4/15 12PM CST

12/9/15 12PM CST - 12/11/15 12PM CST

12/16/15 12PM CST - 12/18/15 4:30PM CST

I am trying to find the midpoint between not disappointing anyone and staying sane and I think this will be a decent one. This ordering-windows model may be more tenable for me in general and if next year I have a better baking setup, I will probably extend it to the shop as a whole (but offering more quantity/options as I’ve done in past years). I want to thank everyone who’s been a customer over the last 3 years, and I sincerely apologize for the limited availability this year. Hopefully I will be back to full speed by 2016.

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Delicious and beautiful holiday creations... Not quite like most of the ones that share their name, my linzertortes are based on an old family recipe handed down from my great-grandmother to my mother to me. The style of decoration is my own personal twist, the result of years of practice and an art degree that wasn't doing anything else anyway. I've been helping bake these for as long as I've been old enough to be in a kitchen, and baking them on my own for the last 13 years.

The cost reflects the ingredients used -- almonds, butter, and jam are all pretty pricy -- and the time spent on these. Each is hand-crafted and hand-decorated; the butter-based dough must be kneaded by hand to come together correctly, cut and rolled to form the decorations, and carefully glazed with egg wash before baking. They will be packaged with care to make it to your doorstep in one piece.

Gluten free tortes are also available on a custom basis. I have a mixed kitchen so please see shop policies to determine if my practices are compatible with your sensitivity level. Message me for a custom order if you are interested.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my linzertortes, here are some testimonials from past recipients:

"Kelsey's linzertortes are an elegant holiday treat you simply must experience to believe. The crust is a tender, buttery medley of crushed almonds and warm and fragrant spices, surrounding a rich and tantalizing raspberry filling. The beautiful and intricate designs are almost too pretty to eat--almost! Kelsey carefully crafts each torte with high-quality ingredients and gorgeous handmade designs, and bakes them to a perfectly golden finish. Better still, the tortes ship well and come in a variety of sizes perfect for any occasion. These are great as gifts, for entertaining, or anytime you crave a fantastic holiday treat." - T, New Jersey

"They really are beautiful enough that I want to use them to decorate for a party, but tasty enough that my dude and I were fighting over the last piece. The linzertorte lasted less than 12 hours." - J, California

"You can SMELL the butter when you get the shit in the mail. So good." L, New York

"Tastes like holiday miracles" - L, California

"Smells like butter and happiness and tastes even better." - C, North Carolina

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 18, 2015

Welcome to winter 2015! I have some bad news, though. Due to a family emergency that used up all my remaining PTO and the general confluence of work + school + living somewhere with a worse kitchen setup than in prior years + trying to buy a home to solve the aforementioned kitchen problem, I am already straining my time and resources just to keep afloat and will be unable to offer a full shop as I have done in past years. However, out of respect to my customers over the years, I'm not closing up entirely.

I will be offering the "6 cookies" and "mini + 3 cookies" items ONLY. A limited number of these items will be made available according to the schedule listed below. Once the ordering window has passed, that listing will be pulled for the week whether or not it has sold out so that I have a fixed number of orders to make; if you miss it, please try for the next one. If you're really longing for a large torte, please contact me privately and depending on time constraints I may be able to make you a custom order, but making them en masse is simply not a possibility at this time.

Odering windows will be:

12/2/15 12PM CST - 12/4/15 12PM CST

12/9/15 12PM CST - 12/11/15 12PM CST

12/16/15 12PM CST - 12/18/15 4:30PM CST

I am trying to find the midpoint between not disappointing anyone and staying sane and I think this will be a decent one. This ordering-windows model may be more tenable for me in general and if next year I have a better baking setup, I will probably extend it to the shop as a whole (but offering more quantity/options as I’ve done in past years). I want to thank everyone who’s been a customer over the last 3 years, and I sincerely apologize for the limited availability this year. Hopefully I will be back to full speed by 2016.

*****
Delicious and beautiful holiday creations... Not quite like most of the ones that share their name, my linzertortes are based on an old family recipe handed down from my great-grandmother to my mother to me. The style of decoration is my own personal twist, the result of years of practice and an art degree that wasn't doing anything else anyway. I've been helping bake these for as long as I've been old enough to be in a kitchen, and baking them on my own for the last 13 years.

The cost reflects the ingredients used -- almonds, butter, and jam are all pretty pricy -- and the time spent on these. Each is hand-crafted and hand-decorated; the butter-based dough must be kneaded by hand to come together correctly, cut and rolled to form the decorations, and carefully glazed with egg wash before baking. They will be packaged with care to make it to your doorstep in one piece.

Gluten free tortes are also available on a custom basis. I have a mixed kitchen so please see shop policies to determine if my practices are compatible with your sensitivity level. Message me for a custom order if you are interested.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my linzertortes, here are some testimonials from past recipients:

"Kelsey's linzertortes are an elegant holiday treat you simply must experience to believe. The crust is a tender, buttery medley of crushed almonds and warm and fragrant spices, surrounding a rich and tantalizing raspberry filling. The beautiful and intricate designs are almost too pretty to eat--almost! Kelsey carefully crafts each torte with high-quality ingredients and gorgeous handmade designs, and bakes them to a perfectly golden finish. Better still, the tortes ship well and come in a variety of sizes perfect for any occasion. These are great as gifts, for entertaining, or anytime you crave a fantastic holiday treat." - T, New Jersey

"They really are beautiful enough that I want to use them to decorate for a party, but tasty enough that my dude and I were fighting over the last piece. The linzertorte lasted less than 12 hours." - J, California

"You can SMELL the butter when you get the shit in the mail. So good." L, New York

"Tastes like holiday miracles" - L, California

"Smells like butter and happiness and tastes even better." - C, North Carolina

Kelsey H

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Kelsey H

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aliasmisskat

aliasmisskat on Jan 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Tal

Tal on Jan 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

As much as I wish these were available all year, it's probably for the best that they are a special once (or twice) a year treat.

pipr14

pipr14 on Jan 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Delicious, as always, and they arrived quickly! Always a delight.

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 29, 2014
My linzertortes are based on an old family recipe handed down from my great-grandmother to my mother to me. The style of decoration is my own personal twist. I've been helping bake these for as long as I've been old enough to be in a kitchen, and baking them on my own for the last 13 years.

The cost reflects the ingredients used -- almonds aren't cheap, yo -- and the time spent on these. Each is hand-crafted and hand-decorated; the butter-based dough must be kneaded by hand to come together correctly. They are a labor of love. My mother, who taught me this recipe and made them for her friends for many years, passed away in 2008, and I've made them for my friends every year since, but it's no longer financially feasible for me to do as many as I've been doing as gifts. I've tried to price these to cover the cost of ingredients and shipping, simply to ensure that they're not a financial loss for me.

What are linzertortes? For those of you who are unfamiliar, here are some testimonials from past recipients:

"Kelsey's linzertortes are an elegant holiday treat you simply must experience to believe. The crust is a tender, buttery medley of crushed almonds and warm and fragrant spices, surrounding a rich and tantalizing raspberry filling. The beautiful and intricate designs are almost too pretty to eat--almost! Kelsey carefully crafts each torte with high-quality ingredients and gorgeous handmade designs, and bakes them to a perfectly golden finish. Better still, the tortes ship well and come in a variety of sizes perfect for any occasion. These are great as gifts, for entertaining, or anytime you crave a fantastic holiday treat." - T, New Jersey

"Tastes like holiday miracles" - L, California

"They really are beautiful enough that I want to use them to decorate for a party, but tasty enough that my dude and I were fighting over the last piece. The linzertorte lasted less than 12 hours." - J, California

"You can SMELL the butter when you get the shit in the mail. So good." L, New York

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payment must be received before orders will be shipped.
Shipping
Since these are fresh-baked items, items listed "in stock" will not be pre-made - every item will be made to order. Please expect a 2-4 day delay between the date of your order and the date it ships. Orders will be shipped by USPS Priority Mail domestically. I will ship internationally provided your country has no laws prohibiting the shipment of baked goods. Please let me know if expedited shipping is required; I can ship Priority Express or through UPS but additional fees will apply. Also notify me if a specific event or arrival date is necessary and I will keep that in mind re: my shipping timeline.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds will be issued for items received damaged (though knock on wood, it hasn't happened yet!) or lost in the mail - or, if it suits your timeline, I can replace the item at no cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders (re: quantity or gluten-free items - every item is custom made!) will be accepted. Please contact me if you're interested.

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GLUTEN-FREE INFO: In 2014, I will be offering gluten-free linzertortes for the second year. One of my oldest friends was recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and I wanted to make a version of these that she could still enjoy, and in doing research into gluten-free baking I discovered that plenty of people I know share her difficulties!

I have recently relocated and no longer have access to a dishwasher, and am working in a tighter space; because this increases the risks involved I have decided to no longer actively advertise my gluten-free tortes. However, since I do have a dedicated set of equipment and a tweaked recipe at my disposal, I am happy to offer them on a by-request basis.

Every effort will be made to avoid cross-contamination. However, this is NOT a wheat-free home and I will still be producing standard linzertortes made with wheat products, so please be aware of your sensitivity level. The following steps have been taken to avoid cross-contamination:
- Gluten-free and traditional batches are not made concurrently, and the work area will be fully cleaned between differing batches.
- Separate supplies and containers are used for items such as sugar, cocoa, and jam that are used in both GF and standard tortes.
- A separate set of utensils, cookie cutters, etc will be used on all GF tortes and stored and covered when standard tortes are being made. Because of this, the full range of designs offered for the conventional tortes will not be available (some of my cookie cutters are years old, and direct replacements weren't available). If your sensitivity is low and you're interested in something with a design only offered for conventional tortes, please note this in the comments.

If you can think of any other precautions that might be reasonable to take, please let me know. This is relatively new territory for me!

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Please note that I will NOT be offering tortes that are dairy-free or egg-free. Due to the nature of the recipe these items cannot be adequately substituted at this time.