Grab your baking supplies, because today we are making Linzer Cookies. Filled with raspberry jam, these classic butter cookies make a beautiful and delicious holiday treat.
How to Make Linzer Cookies:
I think it’s safe to say we have officially entered the Christmas season. Thanksgiving has passed, trees are being decorated, and now we’re baking cookies. Today I’m excited to add this recipe for Linzer Cookies to my Christmas Cookie Collection.
I’m also tickled because I’ve once again teamed up with my Tastes of the Seasons 24+ blogger friends. Each blogger is sharing a delightful holiday cookie recipe. If you’re looking to add new cookies to your holiday baking repertoire, this is the post for you. All the cookie recipes will be linked at the end of this post. We’d also love to have you join in on the fun. Share a picture of your favorite Christmas Cookie on Instagram. Tag me @inspiredbycharm and use the hashtag #BestChristmasCookieRecipes. I can’t wait to discover YOUR favorite!
Before we get to that, let’s talk about these Linzer Cookies.
How to Make Linzer Cookies:
You may have never heard of them, but for many folks, Linzer Cookies are a holiday classic. Linzer Cookies are crispy, but flakey, buttery sandwich cookies with a jam filling. Raspberry jam is typical, but you could use whatever flavor you like best.
What makes these cookies special is that the top cookie in the cookie sandwich has the center cut out to reveal the delicious jam inside.
You can get as creative as you want with the cookie cutters you use for this recipe. I selected a round scalloped cutter for the base of the cookie and then used different holiday shapes for the cutouts. Small cookie cutters can be tricky to find, so if you like what I used, I will link to them here. I do not have a source for the round cookie cutter because it is vintage. However, it’s pretty standard, so finding it shouldn’t be difficult.
With your cookie cutters chosen, you’ll whip up a batch of dough in your stand mixer. The dough is quick and easy to make. Just in case you have trouble with the dough holding together, a little milk (or even water) will help the process along.
The dough needs to be chilled before it is rolled out, so be sure to plan your cookie-making schedule accordingly or make the dough a day ahead.
Roll out your dough on a floured surface and cut out your cookies. Remember, you’ll need one cookie for the bottom without the center cut out, and one cookie for the top that has the center cut out.
The cookies get baked on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Remove them from the oven before they start to brown. This will result in a pale and pretty cookie.
While your cookies are still a bit warm, spoon a bit of jam on the bottom cookie. Like I said above, I prefer raspberry. (Bonne Maman is my personal favorite, but homemade would be extra delicious!) Then, put on the cookie top. (The top has the cutout.) Lightly press the top and bottom together to seal the deal.
Once the cookies have cooled, sprinkle them with confectioners’ sugar for the perfect finishing touch.
As you can see, the result is a beautiful cookie that’s ready to be served to your holiday guests.
You’ll notice that I also baked the little cut-out shapes from the tops. I thought the tiny cookies were a fun and cute addition to my cookie plate.
I may be partial to the “Elf” version, but both are so cute. They’d also make lovely bags for gift cards too!
Want more Christmas Cookie Recipes? You’ll love these:
- Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
- The BEST Crock Pot Candy
- Cream Horns (Lady Locks)
- The EASIEST Fudge Recipe
- Cranberry Orange Tassies
All-in-all, I’d say these Linzer Cookies are a lovely and sweet cookie I’m proud to add to my cookie tray.
Below the printable Linzer Cookie recipe, you’ll find links to all my blogger friends’ cookie creations. They’ve made delicious holiday cookie recipes I know you’re going to love. We’d also love to have you join in on the fun. Share your favorite Christmas Cookie on Instagram. Tag me @inspiredbycharm and use the hashtag #BestChristmasCookieRecipes. I can’t wait to discover YOUR favorite!
Linzer Cookie Recipe:
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups cold unsalted butter cubed
- 1 large egg
- 1-2 tablespoons cold milk if needed
- 1 jar (13 ounce) raspberry jam
- Confectioners' sugar for garnish
Add the flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low for 10-15 seconds to combine.
Next, add the cold butter and beat until crumbly. Add the egg and then beat at medium speed until the dough starts to form. If the mixture is not coming together well, add 1-2 tablespoons of cold milk until the dough begins to form.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface and knead by hand to form a smooth dough. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour until firm.
Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper (or silicone mats). Set aside.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a round cutter to cut out the cookie; then use a smaller shaped cutter to cut out the center of half the cookies. (Remember, you'll need one cookie for the bottom without the center cut out, and one cookie for the top with the center cut out.)
Transfer the cut-out cookies to your prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookies should be baked, but not browned.
(Repeat this process with the remaining dough.)
Remove the cookies from the pans and let the cookies cool on a wire rack. Before they are completely cooled, add about 1 teaspoon of raspberry jam onto the bottom side of the cookies without the cutout. Then, place the cookies with the cutout on each jam-topped cookie. Gently press the two cookies together. Allow the sandwich cookies to cool completely; then dust with confectioners' sugar.
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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