Linzer Cookies Recipe

Linzer Cookies Recipe


Linzer Cookies have a rich history dating back to the Austrian city of Linz, and are traditionally served during Christmas. These heart-shaped cookies consist of two layers of almond-infused shortbread with a sweet raspberry jam sandwiched in between. The top layer is dusted with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar, creating a beautiful contrast against the vibrant red jam peeking through the heart-shaped cut-out.


  • 200g (1 cup) Unsalted Butter
  • 100g (1/2 cup) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 200g (1 1/2 cups) All-purpose Flour
  • 100g (1 cup) Ground Almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 150g (1/2 cup) Raspberry Jam
  • Confectioners’ Sugar, for dusting


  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until well incorporated.
  2. Mix in the flour, ground almonds, salt, and cinnamon. Divide the dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Roll out the dough and cut out the cookies. Remember to cut out a smaller heart shape in the center of half the cookies.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Spread raspberry jam on the whole cookies, then place the cut-out cookies on top. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.


Ensure that your butter is at room temperature for easier mixing. If the dough is too soft to roll out even after chilling, freeze it for 15-20 minutes. You can also substitute the almond meal with hazelnuts or pecans for a different flavor.


These Linzer Cookies are not only delightful to look at, but also a joy to eat. The nutty shortbread combined with the tangy raspberry jam creates a balance of flavors that’s hard to resist. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to bake a batch of these festive cookies. Happy baking!

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