Linzer Cookies

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 24m
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"A traditional Austrian cookie, that's usually made with ground almonds. This recipe is nut-free, for those of us that can't handle nuts! This is a very delicate cookie, that breaks easily - so handle with care..."

Original recipe yields 20 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (55.9 g)
  • Calories 174.1
  • Total Fat - 9.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 24.4 mg
  • Sodium - 34.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 20.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 g
  • Sugars - 9.6 g
  • Protein - 2 g
  • Calcium - 49.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Combine butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, almond extract and salt in a mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add the flour, then beat at low speed until well mixed.

Step 2

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball, then flatten slightly. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm.

Step 3

Heat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 4

Roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, one half at a time - keeping the other half in the refrigerator. Cut using a 2 inch cookie cutter. Cut out the center from half the cookies, using a small decorative cutter. Repeat with second half of dough.

Note: I use the Wilton Linzer Cookie cutter that has a variety of removable center cutters, and a built in pusher to get the cookies out. This greatly speeds up the process!

Step 5

Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the lined cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, then remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Step 6

Spread BOTTOM side of cookies without cut-out with about 1/3 teaspoon jam. Top with center cut-out cookie, pressing very lightly to adhere. When all cookies are sandwiched, dust the tops with powdered sugar. Don't worry about dusting the jam - the sugar will be absorbed and won't show. Store in a single layer in an airtight container. Makes about 20 sandwich cookies.

Tips & Variations

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