Linzer Cookies

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Nutty, buttery and filled with jam, Linzer cookies are one of the prettiest cookies around.

Linzer cookies are buttery, jam-filled sandwich cookies based on the classic Viennese Linzer torte, a nutty jam-filled pastry with a lattice design on top. The cookies have a shortbread-like texture and nutty flavor that comes from finely ground almonds and almond extract in the dough. They are typically filled with raspberry or apricot jam and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar. But what makes the cookies truly special is a cut-out on top that creates a glistening stained-glass-window effect.

To make the prettiest Linzer cookies, a fluted-edge cookie cutter is best, but any cookie cutter will work. For the cut-out shape, hearts are classic (and perfect for Valentine’s Day), but circles, flowers, stars, snowflakes, etc. all look beautiful. You can even use teeny-tiny cookie cutters to create several cut-outs in the cookies, as shown in the photo above. As with all sandwich cookies, be sure to roll the dough thin (no thicker than 1/8 inch), otherwise the jam-to-cookie ratio will be off and the stacked cookies will be too thick.

What You’ll Need To Make Linzer Cookies

linzer cookies ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sugar and slivered almonds.

almonds and sugar in food processor

Process until the almonds are finely ground and the mixture is powdery, about 1 minute.

powdery almonds and sugar

Add the flour, salt, and butter.

adding flour, butter and salt to food processor

Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about twenty 1-second pulses, then add the egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract.

crumbly linzer cookie mixture with egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract added

Process until dough forms a crumbly, clumpy mass, 20 to 25 seconds. linzer cookie dough in food processor

Transfer the dough to a clean work surface.

crumbly dough on counter

Knead the dough into a smooth ball, then divide in half and form two disks, wrap each disk tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 days.

linzer cookie dough disks

Adjust the oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator and knead with your hands until just soft and malleable enough to roll. (The longer the dough is refrigerated, the more you will have to knead it; just be careful not to overwork it – it should still feel cool.)

kneaded cookie dough

Liberally dust a clean work surface with flour, and roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 2.5-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles. After creating the circles, use a 1-inch round (or any-shaped) cookie cutter to cut out the centers from half of the circles (these will be the top halves of the cookies).
using cookie cutters to cut the rolled dough

Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.

linzer cookies on baking sheet

Bake until the edges are lightly browned, about 8 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

linzer cookies cooling on rack

If using the second disc of dough immediately, remove from the refrigerator and repeat the process.fun shapes

Lightly sift confectioners’ sugar over the cookie tops, and spread about 1 teaspoon jam on each of the bottom halves, leaving about 1/4-inch border.

spreading cookies with jam and dusting with Confectioners' sugar

Sandwich both halves together. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Linzer Cookies

Nutty, buttery and filled with jam, Linzer cookies are one of the prettiest cookies around.

Servings: About 30 cookies
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes, plus at least 30 minutes to chill the dough

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cups Confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • About 1 cup raspberry or apricot jam

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the sugar and almonds until the almonds are finely ground and the mixture is powdery, about 1 minute. Add the flour, salt, and butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about twenty 1-second pulses. Add the egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract and process until dough forms a crumbly, clumpy mass, 20 to 25 seconds. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and knead it into a smooth ball. Divide the dough in half and form two disks, wrap each disk tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 days.
  2. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator and knead with your hands until just soft and malleable enough to roll. (The longer the dough is refrigerated, the more you will have to knead it; just be careful not to overwork it – it should still feel cool.) Liberally dust a clean work surface with flour, and roll out the dough to ⅛-inch thickness. Using a 2.5-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles. After creating the circles, use a 1-inch round, heart, or any-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the centers from half of the circles (these will be the top halves of the cookies).
  4. Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.
  5. Gather up the scraps, knead into a flat disc, roll, and repeat (if too warm, pop back in the fridge for a bit).
  6. Bake until the edges are lightly browned, about 8 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. If using the second disc of dough immediately, remove from the refrigerator and repeat the process.
  8. Lightly sift confectioners' sugar over the cookie tops. Spread about 1 teaspoon jam on each of the bottom halves, leaving about ¼-inch border, and sandwich both halves together. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and a layer of foil and frozen for up to three months. When ready to bake, remove the dough from the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature until pliable, and then proceed with the recipe. The assembled cookies can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (30 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 sandwich cookie
  • Calories: 154
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 44 mg
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • Gosh this is the first Jen recipe that did not turn out for me :(. I’m thinking it must be something I did wrong since there are so many good reviews. First batch came out on the burnt side & I did turn them halfway through. Next batch I took out sooner but then they seemed underdone. I let them cool & tasted them but they just did not have the traditional linzer tart flavor I was hoping for. I trashed them because I was frustrated, all Jen’s other recipes have been great though. Maybe I’m just not a baker!

    • — Rebecca on February 21, 2022
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  • These cookies are simply delicious and easy to make. Another Jenn special! I used heart shaped cutters from Amazon to make them special for a Valentine treat for my grandson. I also used almond flour instead of the ground almonds and the texture was light and seemed to just melt in your mouth.

    • — Judy on February 17, 2022
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  • Made these for Valentine’s Day. I was hesitant as I usually don’t have success making cookies with dough which needs to be rolled out and then cut out with cookie cutters. I found the dough a pleasure to work with and the finished product looked and tasted great.

    • — Pattie on February 14, 2022
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  • These cookies are fabulous: the dough rolled beautifully, the cut outs held their shape when baked and the cookies taste divine and look gorgeous. Only substitution was to use cherry preserves that I thinned a bit in the blender. The perfect Valentines’ treat and another winner from Jenn!

    • — Jo Ann on February 13, 2022
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  • These turned out beautiful. I was so proud of myself and wish I could share a picture! ❤️

    • — Lynne on February 11, 2022
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  • Can almond flour be used in place of slivered almonds?

    • — Dan G. on February 10, 2022
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    • Yep 👍

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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      • How much almond flour?

        • — Carmen on February 10, 2022
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        • 1 cup 🙂

          • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I was wondering if I could use almond flour instead of slivered almonds.
    Thank you.

    • — Anca on February 10, 2022
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    • Yes that should work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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  • I will make these! Can you substitute almond flour for the ground almond slivers? Thanks you. I’ve made many of your recipes…soooo good.

    • — Trish on February 10, 2022
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    • Sure, Trish. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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  • Have you tried freezing the baked cookies? If these cookies don’t freeze/defrost well, I’ll freeze half the dough instead. 30 cookies are a lot for two senior citizens to eat in 4 days LOL.

    Anxious to bake these for husband for Valentine’s Day. These are his all-time favorite cookies!

    Sue from PA

    • — Sue on February 10, 2022
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    • Hi Sue, The baked/assembled cookies freeze beautifully; even the powdered sugar holds up. I’ve added this to the freezer-friendly instructions.

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, Thanks for sharing all those great recipes. For this recipe can I sub the almonds with already grounded almonds? If so would it be equally 1cup? Thank you.😊

    • — Andrea Nommensen on February 10, 2022
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    • Hi Andrea, Yes and I think 1 cup would be correct.

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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  • Please give instructions for these beautiful cookies without a food processor. I don’t have one.
    I’m older (87) but still enjoy some of your recipes. Still bake occasionally but I hand mix or use a mixer.

    • — Dot skinner on February 10, 2022
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    • Hi Dot, Good for you for still being active in the kitchen at 87!! If you have a stand or hand mixer, you could use that but will need to use almond flour (1 cup) and softened butter. The cookies might not be quite as tender but I can’t say for sure without having tried it. Please LMK how they turn out if you try them this way!

      • — Jenn on February 15, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn-

    Would you mind adding a link to wherever you found the adorable cookie cutters?

    • — Megan on February 10, 2022
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    • Hi Megan, Mine are old but if you search for nested fluted cookie cutters on Amazon, there are a bunch of good options.

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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