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. :-)

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Valentine Linzer Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

linzer-cookies-1.jpg 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.

linzer-cookies-2.jpg5 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.

Makes 12-24 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter shapes.

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

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Links:
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

17 Comments

  1. lydia

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

  2. 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 …

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. Anonymous

    I loved it. It was very good and I enjoyed it a LOT. My husband did also. Try it!

  6. Yasmine

    I made these, and it took me about five hours, but they were very worth it.

  7. Mansi

    Wow, these look awesome! And such a lovely drift from the usual chocolate!:)

  8. Stella

    Hi there, thank you for your lovely recipes!

    I was wondering, do I use regular or unsalted butter for these cookies?

    Always unsalted butter in recipes, unless otherwise specified. ~Elise

  9. Anonymous

    Hi, your cookies look so pretty. I want to try to bake them, but was wondering if I should toast and peel the nuts first. Thanks.

    Peeling is a good idea, toasting is unnecessary. ~Elise

  10. grace a.

    It’s my first attempt in baking cookies for the first time ever in my life. And it’s for my boyfriend. They’re baking in the oven right now. Looks yummy. Smells yummy. I hope they taste yummy! :)

    Easy recipe but took me a while. Luckily my mom helped !! Hopefully second batch tomorrow comes out perfect.

  11. Toni

    Can cookies be baked ahead and then frozen?

    Good question. I don’t see why not. ~Elise

  12. Jerott

    Now I’ve got something to make my girl for Valentine’s Day. :) Thanks Elise!

  13. Sarah

    After method 2, you say to chill, but you don’t say for how long.

    You want the dough to chill enough so that it is stiff enough to roll out. That’s usually about an hour. Could be less. ~Elise

  14. Jamie

    My husband has a nut allergy. Could I leave them out or will it mess the recipe up. Could I use any other nuts?

    If you just leave them out then yes, I suspect it will mess up the recipe. This particular recipe requires almond flour or hazelnut flour. I would look for a different linzer cookie recipe if you need one without using one of these nuts. ~Elise

  15. The Curious Baker

    I didn’t realise these were so easy to make, I’ve just made some gluten free double heart cookies using a similar method. If only I knew…well I guess it’s not too late!

  16. Hazel

    I made these for a friend last week and learned two lessons – chill the dough thoroughly or else trying to keep the heart shapes intact will be nearly impossible, and don’t make them too thick or else your end product will look like sandwiches. I divided the dough into three discs and the first batch was a bit of a disaster, but after having learned my lesson, the second one was perfect. My friend loved them!

  17. Joe

    Hi, Joe’s here.

    If I may ask, will this cookies’ jam (the middle of the heart shape) be sticky after it cool down? Like if I were want to put it in a small plastic bag and make it as a gift to my loved ones, will it be okay? Will it stick to the plastic bag and mess it up? I’m just curious, thank you. =)

    It should be okay, especially after you sprinkle the whole thing with powdered sugar. ~Elise

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