Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are always good. These easy Linzer cookies are crumbly, like shortbread. They are tasty jam-filled almond-flavored shortbread cookies. These raspberry Linzer cookies are buttery and melt in the mouth. And the best part? The juicy jam in the middle! They might look seriously impressive but don’t worry – you should find the recipe straightforward. This Linzer cookie recipe is easy to make and fun to customize with different shapes and flavors of jam.

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Raspberry Linzer cookies are crumbly, sweet and boast a delicious jam filling. They’re ideal for any occasion and one is never enough!

If you’re in the mood for more cookie ideas, try these oreo chocolate chip cookies or whip up a batch of these gingerbread linzer cookies. And these apple butter thumbprint cookies are sure to impress!

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Why You’ll Love Them

Delicious:  Nobody ever gets tired of a jam-filled Linzer cookies recipe – the sweet raspberry flavor and crumbly cookies are far too good. You’ll definitely want a second, or even a third!
Easy to make: Although these are fancy-looking cookies, they’re delightfully simple to make.
Versatile: Linzer tart cookie recipes are typically made around Christmas but they’re also ideal for any special occasion, such as Valentine’s Day or a birthday. Change it up with a heart-shaped cutout and a red jam filling, that means they’re also perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to make a super-cute cookie.

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Ingredients for Raspberry Linzer Cookies

You need flour, cinnamon, baking powder, slivered almonds or almond flour, brown granulated sugar, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, and raspberry jam.

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How to Make Linzer Cookies with Jam Filling

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the dry ingredients:  Grind the almonds with the brown sugar. In another bowl mix the flour, cinnamon and baking powder.
Cream the butter and sugar: Beat the butter with the powdered sugar, then add the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract.
Add the almond mixture: Mix in the ground almond mixture and then the flour mixture.
Let the dough chill: Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.
Shape the cookies: Roll out the dough then use a cookie cutter to cut out the rounds, and a smaller star shaped one to cut out the star shapes in half of the cookie rounds.
Bake them: Arrange the cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake until the edges are golden.
The finishing touches: Let the cookies cool completely, then spread raspberry jam over the whole rounds and then top with the cutout rounds. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

A tray of jam-filled linzer cookies on a rack.
A hand holding a Linzer cookie with jam on top of a wooden board.
A person holding a Linzer cookie with jam and powdered sugar.

Substitutions and Variations

Although the original recipe used blackcurrant jam, and Austrian bakers of bygone times used blackcurrant or redcurrant jam, there are more possible fillings. Modern bakers might use raspberry or strawberry jam. Lingonberry preserves, lemon curd or even Nutella would work if you’re feeling creative.

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Any filling you can think of can peek out through the ‘Linzer eye’ to give the eater a tempting glimpse of the filling! This cookie recipe can be made in any shape.

A group of holiday cookies with a star shaped center.

Traditionally they were made round, but today the sky is the limit. This set of cookie cutters (here) is especially for making Linzer cookies and you get a choice of 8 different shapes for the cutout.

A person holding a holiday linzer cookie.

How to Serve Raspberry Linzer Cookies

A Linzer cookie makes a great snack with coffee or a hot chocolate. They’re also ideal for your Christmas cookie box or tray, or you can make them as gifts. Other sandwich cookies you’ll love include gingerbread sandwich cookies, chocolate chip buttercream cookies and Baci di Dama Italian cookies.

A tray of small raspberry pies with powdered sugar, resembling jam-filled cookies, on a wooden board.

How to Store Linzer Cookies

Store:  As the jam slowly seeps into the cookies, these are best enjoyed the same day you make the Linzer cookie recipe. However, if you have some left over, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also refrigerate the dough for up to 5 days before cutting and baking the cookies.
Freeze: Freeze the raw dough for up to 8 weeks if you want to, but don’t freeze the baked cookies as they will thaw out soggy.

A group of holiday cookies with a star in the center.
What are the best tips to make sure they come out perfect?

The dough is quite forgiving and you can roll it out more than once. You might want to do this if you’re new to working with fiddly cookie cutters. Make sure you end up with the same number of hearts with cut-outs as hearts without. The jam, jelly, preserves or whichever filling you use will soften the cookies over time. This means they will keep for a few days in an airtight container. However they are best enjoyed the day they are baked. Since we are making gluten free Linzer cookies, nuts feature in the crust rather than flour.

How firmly do you need to press the top cookies on to the filling and bottom cookie?

After baking, you need to add the filling, add the tops and finally sprinkle powdered sugar over the cookies. Refrain from pressing down too hard when sticking the top to the filling. You are working with baked cookies at this stage, not dough. So, press them on gently, else your cookies might break! Since you are baking these Linzer cookies though, you might ‘accidentally’ break one – cook’s privilege and all that! Eating your ‘mistakes’ can be fun!

What nuts work best and how do you grind them?

Almonds work, as do hazelnuts, so you can pick one or mix and match. If you’re using hazelnuts, rub off the skin between baking and grinding. Alternatively you can buy almond flour or hazelnut flour. If you are grinding your own nuts however, resist the urge to over-grind. This is really important! Grind them too much and you will have nut paste. Go beyond that and guess what – you have nut butter! Which is very nice of course – just not what we need for these Valentine’s Day cookies.

What kind of cookie cutter is best?

A heart-shaped cookie cutter gives a cute result. You will also need a little one to cut out the heart shape in the center. The center cut-out can be any size you like. It will probably depend on what size of heart-shaped cookie cutter you have! If you have a tiny cutter, you could even made three cut-outs instead of one. The choice is yours, so feel free to experiment.

Can you make gluten-free Linzer cookies?

Yes! Because they work perfectly as a gluten free cookie recipe (with the almond flour) they are especially popular among gluten free eaters. If you do want to ensure they’re gluten free, sub gluten free flour for the regular flour.

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Linzer Cookies Recipe

A group of jam-filled star-shaped Linzer cookies.

Linzer Cookies

5 from 50 votes
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Austrian
Keyword: Cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Linzer cookies are a classic holiday cookie recipe consisting of buttery almond cookies sandwiched around a tart raspberry filling.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a food processor, grind almonds with the brown sugar until finely ground. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, and the baking powder. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar until creamy. Mix in the egg until combine. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and combine. 
  • Next add in the ground almond mixture and mix to combine. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix to combine.
  • Place the dough onto plastic wrap, flatten into a round disk, wrap and chill for 2 hours or more.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.
  • Dust your work surface with flour. Cut the dough disk in half and roll out each disk.
  • Cut dough into a larger shape using a cookie cutter (circle here). Then using a smaller star cookie cutter, cut smaller stars into the centre of half of the hearts. 
  • Place heart shapes onto the prepared baking sheets spacing cookies 1inch apart. 
  • Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on the baking sheets for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Spread raspberry jam over large cookie shapes. Dust cookies with star cut-out centres with powdered sugar. Place these cookies on top of the jam covered cookies to create a "sandwich".

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

This recipe for Linzer cookies is easy to follow and the cookies themselves are delicious. The crumbly cookies with their sweet raspberry jam filling are ideal for any occasion. They’re traditionally a Christmas treat but are far too delicious to only make once a year! The almond flour you make by grinding the slivered almonds gives these a delicate nutty flavor and light texture.

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