Linzer Cookies

01.22.2014

Tis the season of love. Heart shaped cookies are a Valentines must. So get these on your list for that special someone – or for yourself (because when we make cookies for someone, aren’t we making them just as much for ourselves anyway? :))

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I can now finally say I’ve made Linzer cookies. It’s one of those things that, for the last 10 years, I’ve been saying I’ll soon make. Well, there’s no better time than now. These cookies have always made me think of Valentines Day.

Many people make them at Christmas time and really they are perfect for any time of year, but I say they are best for Valentines Day because of their beautiful, natural red color and dainty heart shape.

Linzer Cookies | Cooking Classy

Now that I have tried these, I know I’m going to be making them much more often. These are amazing to say the least. They’re tender and perfectly crumbly (similar to shortbread cookies) and their blend of tempting flavors is simply irresistible.

You get a fruity and lightly tart jam filling in a buttery cookie, that is swirled with the amazing flavor fusion of ground almonds and cinnamon. Yes, you’re going to want to try these. Enjoy!

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Linzer Cookies

5 from 1 vote

A tender buttery cookie cut into fun shapes and baked then filled with sweet raspberry jam. Perfect cookie for the holidays!

Servings: 24
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (96g) slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , plus more for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 8 oz strawberry or raspberry jam , seedless if preferred (preferably freezer jam)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder, set aside. In a food processor, pulse almonds with brown sugar until finely ground, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and powdered sugar on low speed until combined, then increase to medium-high and whip until creamy, about 1 minute. Mix in egg, then blend in vanilla and almond extract. 
  3. Mix in almond mixture, then with mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combined. Form mixture into a ball and drop onto a sheet of plastic wrap, then flatten into a 6-inch round disk, cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dust work surface with flour, cut disk in half and then evenly roll out each portion into 1/8 to 1/6-inch thickness. Cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter, then using a smaller heart shape cookie cutter, cut smaller hearts into the centers of half of the hearts. 
  5. Carefully transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets (you can run a sharp knife or pastry scaper under cookies to help lift them if needed. Also, chill dough that's not currently being rolled or baked, the hearts hold their shape better when cold), spacing cookies 1-inch apart. 
  6. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Spread strawberry jam over whole hearts, dust cookies with heart cut centers with powdered sugar then place those cookies over over tops. Store in an airtight container.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Linzer Cookies
Author: Jaclyn

 

83 comments

  • Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home: Hi Jaclyn! I’m writing a post tomorrow that features some of my favorite posts from other bloggers throughout the week, and I would like to feature your linzer cookies, if that’s okay? Thanks! Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home January 24, 2014 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would be great thanks Lisa! January 24, 2014 at 9:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would be great as long as you link back to my post for the recipe :), thanks Lisa! January 24, 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

      • Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home: Absolutely! Thanks Jaclyn! January 24, 2014 at 10:36pm Reply

  • Erin | Meaningful Eats: These are so gorgeous! As all your food is! January 24, 2014 at 8:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Erin! January 24, 2014 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Danae @ reciperunner: Such beautiful looking cookies! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ve been wanting to try making Linzer cookies, these will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. January 24, 2014 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness: I lovelovelove linzer cookies and I can honestly say these are the prettiest ones I have ever seen! These photos are gorgeous and I love that you used hearts for Vday! January 24, 2014 at 5:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the compliment Taylor :)! January 24, 2014 at 11:27pm Reply

  • Linda: These look delish, but we cannot have nuts. Do you think the recipe would work without the almonds and almond extract? January 23, 2014 at 3:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Oh yeah definitely. They’d be a lot like shortbread thumbprints and definitely still delicious! January 24, 2014 at 11:31pm Reply

  • Alyssa: Can I use almond meal instead of the slivered almonds? I see that you are grounding them anyway. If I can, do I use the same amount or less? Thank you! January 23, 2014 at 2:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The almond meal should work fine. If at all possible I would use a scale and just get the weight in grams, if you don’t have a scale I would do the same amount (I think they are close). January 23, 2014 at 8:31pm Reply

      • Hannah: Would lemon extract taste any good do you think? Or should i leave the almond out without any substitute January 26, 2016 at 12:40am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These are so pretty for Valentine’s Day, love the hearts! January 23, 2014 at 2:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! January 23, 2014 at 8:32pm Reply

  • Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: We just posted Linzer Cookies on our site too! But yours are sooo festive for February! That red center is stunning and makes these cookies look more like candy. They would make beautiful Valentines! January 23, 2014 at 9:21am Reply

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