Linzer Cookies are almond flavored shortbread cookies with a raspberry jam filling and dusted with powdered sugar for a festive jam filled sandwich cookie.
Spring is in the air and fun fruit desserts are popular on the site including Lemon Cookies, Berry Pie and Strawberry Shortcake.
Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Filling
Sandwich cookies don’t have to be so intimidating you don’t want to tackle them at home (like these Peanut Butter Do-si-dos Cookie Sandwiches)! They’re just as simple as making a frosting or filling between two cookies. In fact sandwich cookies benefit from this filling because it allows the cookies to stay extra moist and chewy longer than single cookies can.
Larger Linzer Tortes come from Austria and the smaller version, Linzer Cookies were made popular in Hungary from a classic shortbread recipe. These Linzer Cookies are made from a modified shortbread recipe with almond flour added to the recipe. You can of course make your own ground nuts for this recipe, but the use of almond flour makes this recipe as easy as your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
If you’d prefer not to have the effort of making sandwich cookies with cut out cookies you can actually just scoop these cookies with a one tablespoon ice cream scoop and press in with your thumb to make thumbprint cookies you fill with the reduced jam. If you brush with the egg whites you don’t use (since you’re only using egg yolks) and garnish with chopped nuts you like in these Turtle Cookies you’ll have a delicious easy alternative to the classic Linzer Cookie.
Pssst… don’t make my mistake, I sifted powdered sugar on them again after sandwiching them together to make them extra pretty and it got onto the centers. Only sift on the powdered sugar onto the cut out cookie before sandwiching to avoid the center jam from being covered in sugar too.
What nuts are used in Linzer Cookies:
Almonds are most commonly used in Linzer Cookies, but you can also use your food processor to make ground almonds, walnuts or pecans in Linzer cookies if you’d like to grind your own nuts for the mixture. We use almond flour for ease and for the fine texture in the cookies.
To add more almond flavor you can also swap out the vanilla extract for almond extract too.
How to Make Linzer Cookies:
- Be careful to not overmix your flour mixture in your electric mixer, the tenderness of the cookies is important.
- Make sure you rest your cookie dough, you can stamp out the cookies first and cool on a cookie sheet or you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill it first before rolling.
- Make sure you bake the dough on parchment paper or a silicone mat on a baking sheet.
- Cool cookies completely on a wire rack.
- Do not assemble until the cookies are at room temperature and make sure you reduce your raspberry preserves.
- Reducing the jam allows it to act as a glue to combine the cookies and prevent sliding.
- For a spicier, less fruity flavor you can swap out the lemon juice and zest and add in ½ teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
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How to store Linzer Cookies:
Store Linzer Cookies in an airtight container with parchment paper between layers of cookies to prevent the powdered sugar from sticking together.
How long can you keep Linzer Cookies:
You can keep Linzer Cookies for up to one week at room temperature and up to 3 months if frozen.
More Linzer Cookies Flavors:
- Lemon Curd
Linzer Cookie Shapes:
Classic Linzer Cookie shapes include hearts (perfect for Valentine’s Day), circles, stars, diamonds and flours with either scalloped or classic round cookie shapes.
More Cookie Recipes:
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 lemon , zested and juiced
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- To a stand mixer add the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy before adding in the eggs, vanilla, lemon and lemon zest.
- Add in the flour, almond flour and salt on low speed until just combined.
- Gather the dough into a ball then roll to 1/4″ thick, using a scalloped 3″ cookie cutter to cut out 12 cookies then stamp out 12 stars and gather all the scraps and re-roll using a bit of extra flour if the dough gets a bit sticky.
- Stamp out 12 more cookies then chill all the cutouts for at least an hour before baking in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Before assembling let your cookies cool completely, simmer your raspberry jam on low heat for 5-7 minutes until reduced by one-third then spread a spoonful onto the cookies without the cutout.
- Sift powdered sugar onto the cookies with the star cutouts then carefully place them onto the cookies with the raspberry jam and press down carefully to spread the jam fully carefully.
This batter is way too wet. Mixing in more flour and hoping for the best, but it is currently impossible to roll out. The measurements need to be fixed.
Not Happy with this recipe. Followed exactly, but it’s more like cake batter. Would be impossible to roll out. Added and extra cup of flour and they are dry. You say add eggs, but there is only one egg yoke that it asks for. Confusing! And depending on the size of your lemon, might be too much liquid. What a waste of ingredients.
I’m sorry for the wasted ingredients, I will be retesting this recipe.
This recipe looks great – very similar to what an Austrian friend used to make. So, I mixed the dough and it is really soft. I think the problem is the “juice of one lemon” which I think is too much liquid. So I mixed a second batch without the zest and juice and added it in. It’s still too soft to roll. I’m chilling it now but will add flour if it’s still too soft. For my reference, about how much liquid is meant by the “juice of one lemon”? I’d like to make a note. Thank you.
I generally find the juice of one lemon is about 1/4 cup. You found it too soft either way with or without the flour? I can retest this recipe. I’m so sorry this comment got stuck and I just came across it. I know your cookies are long gone now.
These look so good! I want to bake some up today with the kiddos!
Sounds like a delicious time!
I followed the recipe exactly but there’s no way to roll out the dough it’s more of a spread.. I put it in the fridge to chill. Fingers crossed it works.
You might have needed to add more flour too. Did chilling work?
I had the same problem and added more flour. They seem ok but haven’t baked them yet.
These cookies sound delicious right about now! These are on my must-make list!
I hope you enjoy them!
I am baking cookies every week. These are on my next-to-do baking list! They look divine!
These looks so delicious Sabrina! I think my little girl would go crazy for these – I will be trying them!
I hope you all enjoy them.
What a perfectly cut cookie! Love this traditional recipe, I’ll have to make these this weekend!
Do you cool the raspberry jam first before putting it on the cookie? Or do you put it hot onto the cooled bottom halves?
You don’t want to cool your jam, you want it to spread easy on the cookies and stick to the top piece.