These linzer cookies feature raspberry jam sandwiched between two crispy spiced almond cookies! The perfect addition to any holiday baking list, this delicious cookie recipe is sweet, salty and incredibly addictive!
These linzer cookies are a mini version of the popular Austrian pastry linzer torte. Filled with raspberry jam, these almond-flavored sandwich cookies are the perfect addition to any holiday baking list! While linzer cookies, or linzer augen in German, are most popular around Christmas, I enjoy baking them year round. For Valentine’s Day, use a heart-shaped cutout to make the perfect gift!
making the dough for linzer cookies
To make the dough, you can either buy almond flour or make it yourself by pulsing whole almonds in a food processor until finely ground. If you opt to buy your almond flour, make sure to get an unblanched almond flour (sometimes called natural almond flour or almond meal), which is made with the skins left on. This will give your cookies better color and texture!
Before rolling out the dough, it has to chill for several hours, but I usually make it a day in advance and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. If you decide to make the dough ahead of time, just let it sit at room temperature for about half an hour before working with it — this will make it much easier to roll out!
To shape the linzer cookies, I used a fluted cookie cutter about 2.5 inches (6 cm) in diameter. Once you’ve cut out all of your cookies, cut out a smaller hole in the center of half of the cookies — these will be your window cookies! If you don’t have a cookie cutter small enough, the large side of a piping tip will work nicely. Make sure to keep your window cookies together on a separate pan as they may need less time in the oven than the whole cookies.
decorating and filling linzer cookies
Before adding the jam, I like to sift a bit of powdered sugar over the window cookies. You can definitely skip this step, but I love the way it looks and think it adds just the right touch of sweetness. Just make sure you do this before adding the jam, otherwise the powdered sugar will cover up your jam-filled windows!
As for the filling, you can use homemade jam or your favorite store bought brand. We always opt for raspberry jam or preserves — Viktor’s favorite! And the deep red color contrasts nicely with the cookies, giving them a very festive feel!
If you’re looking for more sweets to add to your baking list, definitely give these a try:
- joulutorttu | finnish christmas pastry
- german chocolate cookies
- cinnamon rolls
- pryaniki | russian honey spice cookies