Lightly sweetened, perfectly spiced, buttery and delicate linzer cookies recipe. These jam filled cookies are a traditional sandwich cookie during the holidays.
Next time try these homemade butter crunch cookies.
These cookies are required for the holidays, much like these Petit Fours Cookies.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- These are simply the best linzer cookies to make!
- Perfect cookies, full of buttery-sugary-deliciousness in every single bite.
- Easy to make - Using just a handful of simple ingredients.
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients well.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until white and fluffy.Add the egg to the butter mixture and mix. Then gradually mix in the dry ingredients.
- When dough comes together, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Take dough out and cut into two equal parts.
- Place one part in between two parchment papers and roll. Using a cookie cutter, cut circles of dough then using a smaller circle ( I've used the base of a piping tip) cut in the center of half these cookies. Bake in the oven until edges are golden brown.
💡 Amira's Tips
- I recommend gluing the sandwiches with jam before serving as the cookies will absorb the liquids in the jam and get softer by time.
- Make sure the jam doesn’t get too close to the edges of the cookie or the it won't be glued properly.
- I've used a combination of spices for these cookies you can use them all or just one depends on your liking.
- Store cookies in an airtight container or jar in layers separated by parchment paper. These keep on your counter for about a week.
- Filled sandwich cookies will get softer as they set so better just fill whatever you need and leave the rest unfilled with jam.
Linzer Tortes come from Austria and the smaller version, Linzer Cookies were made popular in Hungary, Germany and Switzerland.
No they don't. If you want to refrigerate yours then I recommend filling them before refrigerating. Cookies tend to get dry in the fridge and the filling keeps them moist. I left mine on the countertop in an air tight container and not filled for 8 days.
They keep well in the freezer without the jam filling. So if you need to freeze the cookies, let them cool completely after baking then place in a zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Let them thaw completely before serving.
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More Holiday Cookies
- These whipped shortbread cookies are sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them! The whipped texture gives them a unique and creamy flavor, and they are so easy to make.
- If you're looking for another delightful and easy-to-make treat, check out this easy coconut macaroons recipe.
- Pecan snowball cookies are bite-sized cookies made with pecans, powdered sugar, and butter. A very festive treat that is perfect for any holiday season.
- Chocolate Orange Cookies are a delightful and refreshing blend of butter, chocolate and citrus. These cookies are so easy to make, freezer friendly and great for lunch boxes and holidays too!
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Easy Linzer Cookies
- 1 ½ cup almond flour
- 2 ½ - 2 ¾ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 Large egg
Spices: Use one or all
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- In a deep bowl combine almond flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, salt and the spices you are using. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with pedal attachment, whip butter and sugar on low until combined then increase the speed and continue until fluffy about 1 minute.
- Add egg and mix, then add the dry ingredients gradually.
- Keep mixing until the dough comes together.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Roll dough between two parchment papers to ⅛ inch or 3mm.
- Using a 2 ½ inch circle cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible.
- Using another smaller cookie cutter, cut in the middle of half of these circles.
- Transfer dough circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet spaced 1 inch apart and bake until the edges are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Gather any scrapes of dough, combine together wrap in planting and chill if necessary then roll and repeat cutting and baking the cookies until you are done with the whole batch.
- Let cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.
- To assemble the cookies, spread about half a teaspoon of raspberry jam on the larger circle.
- Dust the tops with powdered sugar and place over the larger circle.
- If you feel your dough is too sticky add the remaining ¼ cup of flour one tablespoon at a time.
- The dough can be made up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated. You can also bake the cookies 2 days ahead leave them in an airtight container and assemble them on the day of serving.
- For more tips and notes check out the post above.
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First published May 25, 2019 . Last updated April 20, 2023 with important tips, clear step by step instructions and readability.
Easy Linzer Cookies
Linzer cookies are effortless and impressive cookies to make during any holiday season. The cookies themselves are not overly sweet as they are filled with jam later. Delicious, nutty and full of flavors.
I've made these cookies then I got sick for a couple of days. I left them in a container on the countertop until I am better so I can photograph. You have no idea how my kids reacted to them and they were not even stuffed. They asked me about these cookies each time they were in the kitchen. Are these done yet?. When will you finish them? I had to give them some without even the powdered sugar or the jam just to tame their eagerness a bit.
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