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Christmas Linzer Cookies

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Linzer Cookies are an iconic cookie exchange recipe everyone loves. Loaded with classic shortbread flavor and the tartness of raspberry jam, these look difficult but truly are easy to make. Fill your cookie platters with light delicate cookies that are perfect for sharing.

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Christmas Linzer cookies on a plate

Christmas Linzer Cookies

Christmas Linzer cookies are a classic cookie that features a gorgeous look with a shape cut out from the top part of the cookie. These sandwich cookies have a shortbread taste and a raspberry filling.  They are classically made with raspberry filling, but you can add any flavor of jam you prefer.  We also have made our own homemade jam for these just to add a little extra “oomph”.

Here are different Jam options:

  • Black Currant (the traditional choice)
  • Strawberry
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Fig
  • Cherry
  • Raspberry

Up close picture of a round linzer cookies

What is a Linzer Cookie?

Linzer Cookies are named after a Linzer Torte, which was originated in Linz, Austria. The torte is a pastry traditionally filled with black currant preserves and topped with a lattice crust.

So, these cookies are basically a torte is cookie form.

Can I Make These Linzer Cookies with Almond Paste?

I have seen recipes using regular flour and almond paste instead of using almond flour. This lets you use a more inexpensive flour than almond flour and have the same taste as traditional cookies.

Cut out Christmas Cookies with Jam

Can You Freeze Linzer Tart Cookies?

Once you have made these Linzer tart cookies, you might find that you have more than you can eat before they go bad. If this is the case, you can freeze these cookies. I like to freeze the cookies in layers with a piece of parchment between each layer. This makes sure that the cookies do not stick together.

Overhead picture of linzer cookies on a wire cooling rack

What are the Linzer Cookie Calories?

When you make these Linzer cookies as the recipe says, the cookies have 166 calories per sandwich cookie.  These are a bit higher in calories than some cookies but is still a reasonable amount for a perfect holiday snack.

Cut out Christmas Cookies with Jam

Ingredients you will need:

• Flour
• Confectioners sugar
• Butter
• Eggs
• Vanilla
• Salt
• Slivered almonds
• Raspberry jam

 

Ingredients for making raspberry linzer cookies

How to Make Linzer Cookies

In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and confectioners sugar. Next add the eggs, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Using a blender or food processor, finely grind the slivered almonds and then add butter. Add flour and mix together.

Linzer cookies dough in a large mixing bowl

Divide dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic. Place in refrigerator until firm, approximately 4 hours or overnight.

Wrapped dough to chill before baking linzer cookies

Roll out the dough. Use a medium-sized and mini size cookie cutters, like a snowflake. Cut 2 cookies of the same size. One cookie will be the base for the Linzer sandwich and the other will be the center cutout.
Use one mini cutter, like a snowflake, and cutout 1 center. Do this for 30 cookies. Use a variety of shapes.

Cutting centers out of linzer cookies

PRO TIP: Transfer cutouts to a baking sheet and cut out the centers.

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Set the cookies aside to cool. Next, you will add the raspberry preserves.

Adding raspberry jam to linzer cookies

Dust all of the top cookies on a sheet and dust them evenly with powdered sugar. Place tops onto preserve covered bases. Now you have delicious Linzer Sandwich Cookies.

Christmas Jam Cookies wrapped in a bow

Can you Freeze Linzer Cookies?

Yes! Freeze the baked cookies in an airtight container for up to a month. You will need to re-dust them with powdered sugar, but they freeze great!

A linzer cookie snowflake leaned against a white coffee cup

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Snowball Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Christmas Jam Cookies wrapped in a bow

Christmas Linzer Cookies

Published By Jill
Chrsitmas Linzer Cookies are an iconic cookie exchange recipe everyone loves. Loaded with classic shortbread flavor and the tartness of raspberry jam, these look difficult but truly are easy to make. Fill your cookie platters with light delicate cookies that are perfect for sharing.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30
Calories 166 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups slivered almonds finely ground
  • 1 cup raspberry jam

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter and confectioners sugar. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and salt until combined.
  • Using a blender, finely grind slivered almonds and add to butter mixture.
  • Add flour and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic. Place in refrigerator until firm, approximately 4 hours or overnight.
  • Roll dough. Using medium size and mini size cookie cutters, snowflakes for example. Cut out 2 medium size snowflake cookies.
  • Tip: Transfer cutouts to baking sheet before cutting out the center and make sure to dip cutter into flour before pressing into dough.
  • One cookie will be the base for the linzer sandwich. The other cookie will have the center cutout.
  • Use one mini cutter, snowflakes for example, and cuttout 1 center. Repeat this, creating sandwich sets with a variety of cookie cutters.
  • Place the mini cutouts on a separate baking sheet as they will bake faster.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Set cookies on a wire rack to cool.
  • Spread jam on each cookie base.
  • Set all the top cookies on a sheet and dust evenly with confectioners sugar.
  • Place tops onto preserve covered bases. These are your linzer sandwich cookies.
  • Store in a air tight container for up to a week. If they last that long!

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 1120mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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Christmas Linzer Cookies

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