Valentine Linzer Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Why should chocolate have all the fun? Here are some Austrian Linzer cookies with a red preserve filling that seem perfectly suited for the occasion. Enjoy. :-)

Valentine Linzer Cookies Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 12-24 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter shapes


  • 3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground blanched almonds or hazelnuts
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (can sub all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 ounces raspberry jam, or other red preserve (I used quince jelly)
  • Powdered sugar


1 Cream butter in a standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and continue creaming. Add the egg, lemon, and vanilla and mix. Mix in the ground nuts.

2 Stir together dry ingredients in a bowl and add to mixer and blend. Form the dough into disks, wrap and chill.


3 Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch thickness. Put rolled dough (still between parchment paper) in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up before cutting.

4 Preheat oven to 350°F.


5 Cut out the base cookie shapes. Cut out the centers of half the disks with a smaller cookie cutter shape. Re-roll scraps and repeat.

6 Bake for 12 minutes or until edges turn golden. Cool on a wire rack.

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7 Heat the jam or jelly and spread the solid disks with a layer of the hot preserves. Place the top layer cookie over the bottom, pressing down lightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, then fill the holes with more preserves. Let set slightly before serving.

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Recipe adapted from The Food Network's Sweet Dreams show by Gale Grand.


Apple Linzer Cookies from Jennifer, the Domestic Goddess

Linzer Cookies with an explanation of their Austrian origins from Joy of Baking

Hazelnut Linzer Cookies from Nic at Bakingsheet

Valentine Linzer Cookies

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  • lydia

    Those are lovely, and I especially like the little heart cut-outs made into their own cookies!

  • Alanna

    They’d make ‘great birthday cookies’ too, you know, for someone who’s really special, someone who gives of herself all the time, someone who makes the world a better place. I wonder who that might be …

  • Susan at Food "Blogga"

    When I was a little girl,Linzer cookies always reminded me of beautiful stained glass windows. I’m all grown up now, and they still do. Just looking at your lovely cookies made me smile.

  • Astrid

    Stunning photos and cookies! The only time I tried making sandwich cookies I found they got a little soggy even in a closed tin, from the humidity in the jam I suppose. Even though I reduced the jam to reduce its water content. Have you had that problem?

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