Tuesday, February 14, 2012

♥ Linzer Cookies ♥

About once every five years, I decide to make Linzer Cookies for Valentine's Day.  In theory (and in recipe) they are relatively simple, but after I make them, I always feel like I was somehow duped by the short ingredient list.  Maybe it's just that I'm not a big cookie cutter kind of gal.  For the few times I put the effort into these delicate darlings, though, it is SO worth it!
I feel like I should be sitting down to High Tea with the Queen...  

Linzer Cookies   
adapted from HERE


2 ½ cups All Purpose flour

2/3 cup of finely ground almonds

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Raspberry Preserves or Jam (I use Seeded, but you can use Seedless if you prefer)


  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, almonds, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing well.

  • Divide the dough into two parts and roll into a ball and the press into two discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight. The dough should be firm enough to roll out.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • On a floured surface, roll out one disc until it’s about 1/8” thick. Keep the other disc in the refrigerator until ready to use.

  • Cut the dough with a cookie cutter dipped in flour.  Cut enough dough to have tops and bottoms.

  • Transfer the cut outs to a baking tray lined with either parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

  • Repeat with the remaining dough and the second disc.

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until a light golden brown. Cool on the baking tray for five minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

  • When ready to fill, invert the bottom cookie (so you have a nice bottom) and spread with about ½-1 tsp of jam.  Dust a top cookie with Confectioner’s sugar then gently place on top of the jam making a sandwich cookie.
   Arrange and take photos, because they're almost too pretty to eat!


    1. Those are so pretty! I bet your girls went nuts for them. Have a sweet Valentine's Day, friend.

    2. I try it and i have to admit those ones ARE DELICIOUS!! so crazy thing, its addictive