Top-down view of Linzer cookies with heart cutouts.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Full disclosure: these Linzer cookies may just be my all-time favorite cookie. My Homemade Linzer Cookies are a holiday tradition for a reason! They’re perfectly nutty and rich, super tender, and not-too-sweet. The sweet and tangy raspberry jam perfectly balances out the delicious almond flavor. 

I wish I were eating one right now. Actually, any time these cookies pop into my mind, which is often, I wish I were eating one! 

Linzer cookies are incredibly simple to make but look so beautiful with their little hole or heart-shaped cut in the middle, showing off that sweet jam, and topped with powder sugar. I love them with raspberry jam, but you can use any of your favorite preserves! 

What Are Linzer Cookies?

In the states, Linzer cookies are a popular item at bakeries, especially around the holidays. They’re basically a mini-version of a Linzer Torte, which was first made in Austria. The dough tastes like an almond shortbread, and the tangy raspberry balances out that sweetness! 

Homemade Classic Linzer Cookies on a cooling rack.

What You Need To Make Linzer Cookies

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Stand mixer or handheld electric mixer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper
  • Two cookie sheets
  • 2 ½ inch (6cm) cookie cutter 

How To Make Linzer Cookies

These cookies are ridiculously simple, but you won’t be disappointed by the final product! Here is how you make them (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until it is pale and fluffy. 
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until mixed.
  4. Gradually beat in the flour mixture from step 1 into the butter mixture until just combined.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it until it is very firm. This will take at least 2 hours, but you can keep it in your fridge for up to 3 days. 
  6. When you’re ready to bake, preheat your own to 375°F (190°C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. I do a fan assist here because I bake both trays at one time, and the air needs to circulate. 
  7. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8-inch thick. 
  8. You’ll want to work quickly to ensure the dough remains cold and firm! Use a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut out as many rounds of dough as you can and place them about 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets. Gather the scraps, rewrap, and chill until firm enough to reroll.
  9. Once the cut dough is on the cookie sheets, cut out 1-inch holes in the center of half of the cookies. 
  10. Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  11. On the cookie’s base (the ones without the hole), spread about 1 teaspoon of strained raspberry jam. Spread the jam out, but not quite to the edge.
  12. Dust the top halves of the cookies (with the hole in them) generously with powder sugar, then carefully place them on the jam-covered bottoms. Press to seal, gently, so you don’t break the top half. 

A close up of a Linzer cookie with jam filling.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Linzer Cookies

  • The dough is very soft and has to remain cold for easy handling. If it gets too warm while rolling and cutting, chill it in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes before proceeding.
  • Traditionally, Linzer cookies are round, but you can use any shape you like — personally, I love hearts!
  • We love raspberry jam for these cookies, but you can also try filling them with Homemade GanacheSalted Caramel SauceDulce de Leche, or Homemade Nutella! Or, of course, any other jam you prefer (just make sure you strain it!).
  • Straining your jam: Heat and pass your jam through a small sieve to remove the seeds and any lumps. This leaves you with a smooth, silky jam.
  • Don’t like waste? I bake up the cookie tops’ cutouts for little garnishes to put on top of ice cream or for those little hands and mouths that need to sample everything while baking! 
  • If you don’t have almond flour, you can Make Your Own Almond Flour using whole almonds. For this recipe, grind 1 cup (5oz/142g) of raw almonds together in a food processor until very finely ground.

How Do I Store Linzer Cookies?

Linzer cookies taste best the day they are made because the cookie does tend to absorb some liquid from the jam, but you can store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also make the dough in advance and store the raw dough for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 8 weeks in the freezer! 

A linzer cookie with a bite taken out of it.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Watch The Recipe Video!

Prep Time 30 mins

chill the dough 2 hrs

Perfectly nutty and rich, super tender, and not-too-sweet, this Classic Austrian Linzer Cookies recipe might just make my favorite cookie.

Author: Gemma Stafford

Servings: 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (7 ½ oz/213g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (2oz/57g) almond flour
  • 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (5oz/142g) butter softened
  • ¾ cup (5oz/142g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (5oz/142g) strained raspberry jam*
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer or with a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until it is pale and fluffy.

  • Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until well mixed.

  • Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined.

  • Wrap the dough well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very firm, at least two hours and up to 3 days.

  • When you are ready to bake your cookies, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) fan assisted. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. (I do a fan here because you will have to put 2 trays of cookies into the oven and you need the air to circulate)

  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about an 1/8 inch (3mm) thick. (You can also roll this dough on a floured piece of parchment for even easier handling)

  • Working quickly while the dough is still cold and firm, use a 2 ½ inch (6cm) cookie cutter to cut out as many rounds of dough as you can and place them 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Gather any scraps, rewrap, and chill until firm enough to reroll.

  • Once the cut dough is on the cookie sheets, cut out one inch (2.5cm) hole out of the centers of half of the cookies. (See above video for step-by-step)

  • Bake for roughly 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Let cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • For the base of the cookie, spread about 1 teaspoon of strained raspberry jam onto ½ of the cookies, spreading the jam out a bit but not quite to the edge.

  • Dust the top halves of the cookies (with the cut-out circle) generously with powdered sugar, then carefully place the tops on the jam covered bottoms. Press to seal very gently so you don’t break to the top half.

  • These cookies are best enjoyed the day they are made. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The raw dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 8 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Straining your jam: Warm your jam slightly then pass it through a small sieve to remove the seeds and any lumps. This leaves you with a smooth, silky jam.  

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