Linzer Cookies (Original Austrian Family Recipe) (2024)

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Learn how to bake original Austrian Linzer Cookies like I learned from my mother in Austria! This recipe has been passed down through generations and I'm excited to share it with you. These sandwich cookies are soft, buttery, and filled with jam. It has been a family favorite for many decades. By the way, have you tried my Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescent cookies) yet?

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  • Ingredients
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  • Expert tips for success
  • How long do they last?
  • Make ahead and freezing instructions
  • More cookie recipes to try
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Ingredients

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For a full list of ingredients see Recipe Card.

FAQs & Cookie Cutters

What are Linzer Cookies?

Linzer cookies are soft, buttery and filled with jam. These are traditional Christmas sandwich cookies from Austria, which are usually filled with apricot or strawberry jam. They're so popular that you can buy them in stores all year round, not just during the holiday season, even though they're considered Christmas cookies.

Where did you get your cookie cutters from?

I got mine from my mother when I was still living in Austria. After some research I found that Wilton sells Linzer Cookie cutters that look similar to mine. Their cookie cutter set is available on Amazon. My cookie cutters are 2 inches (5cm) in diameter and so are theirs. However, any 2-inch cookie cutters will work.

Process shots

Making the dough is as easy as making regular sugar cookie dough. Start mixing the butter until creamy. Then add powdered sugar followed by egg yolks. Stir in the vanilla, salt, lemon juice and cinnamon. Finally add flour and almond flour. Divide the dough in half and shape it into discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

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On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough, ¼-inch (0.6cm) thick. Then cut out cookies and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. You can space them 1-inch (2.6cm) apart as they don't spread at all.

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Then bake, cool completely, and fill with jam.

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Expert tips for success

  • The dough contains a lot of butter, so it will become soft if rolled too long. Work in batches, roll out one sheet of dough at a time and keep the second refrigerated until the entire first sheet of dough is cut and ready to bake. If the dough gets too soft, put it back in the fridge. You can also work in smaller batches and quarter the dough if that's easier for you. Consider using a suitable butter substitute for cookies if you prefer a different approach.
  • Avoid counteracting the increased softness and stickiness of the dough as you roll it out with too much flour. Use enough flour to roll and cut the dough, but don't work too much flour into the dough or the Linzer cookies will become dry and crumbly.
  • Gently roll out the dough with increasing pressure but avoid pressing too hard on the dough or it will tear.
  • When it comes to apricot jam, it is popular in Austria to add a bit of rum to the jam. If you want that too, add 1-2 tablespoons of dark rum to your jam, depending on your preference.
  • I highly recommend using a kitchen scale and weighing the ingredients. Cups vary in size and too much (almond) flour would dry the cookies out. If using cups instead of a kitchen scale, fluff up the flour, spoon it into the cups, and level with the back of a knife.
  • Whenever possible, use real Bourbon vanilla beans, as this is the type of vanilla originally used in these sandwich cookies.
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How long do they last?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Make ahead and freezing instructions

  • Cookie dough - Place wrapped dough discs in freezer bags or containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Place the wrapped dough in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
  • Baked cookies- You can either freeze filled cookie sandwiches or just the cookies and fill them after thawing. Individually wrap each cookie tightly in plastic wrap, place in freezer bags or containers, and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, unwrap and let sit on the counter for 1 hour.

More cookie recipes to try

  • Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
  • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies
  • Buckeye Cookies
  • Gingerbread Men Cookies
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
  • Brown Butter Cookies

Recipe

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The softest and best Linzer Cookies

4.99 from 343 votes

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Calories: 134kcal

Servings: 32 sandwich cookies

Prep 1 hour hour

Cook 27 minutes minutes

Chill 1 hour hour

Total 2 hours hours 27 minutes minutes

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Baking Linzer cookies is a delicious holiday tradition in Austria, where they originated. Buttery and soft, these sandwich cookies have been popular for centuries for their sweet taste and tender texture. Although they're considered Christmas cookies, they're usually enjoyed all year round!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean* (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup almond flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup apricot or strawberry jam
  • Optional powdered sugar for decoration

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium speed until creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugar and mix to combine. Stir in the egg yolks until combined. Add the salt, cinnamon, vanilla*, and lemon juice and mix just until incorporated. On low speed, stir in flour and almond flour just to combine.

  • Divide the dough in half and shape into 1-inch (2.6cm) thick discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C and line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough disc at a time ¼ inch (0.6cm) thick. Using a 2-inch (5cm) cookie cutter of your choice, cut out cookies and place about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets. You should end up with about 64 cookies.

  • Bake one sheet at a time for 9-10 minutes until they look dry. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  • Fill cooled cookies with jam by spreading jam on the bottom of one cookie and placing another on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your sharp knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Just use the seeds.

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Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Course Dessert

Cuisine Austrian

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Sabine is a professional baker, cookbook author, and award-winning food photographer.

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  1. Annie

    Linzer Cookies (Original Austrian Family Recipe) (8)
    I've made these cookies twice now. My family loves them. Thank you!

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  2. Andrew Betrix

    Linzer Cookies (Original Austrian Family Recipe) (9)
    Came out perfect, I changed nothing, I am at 7800 ft altitude & this recipe was flawless, I used smuckers seedless red raspberry
    And Diamond almond flour, I also sifted the almond & regular flour before spooning & leveling . Will be make hundreds of them, test batch was superb, wish I could leave a picture. Thanks 😋😋😋

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  3. Patricia

    I am looking forward to baking these, however, I am unable to view the entire video. It plays halfway, then a Windows 11 ad comes on & the video moves to a new recipe. ???

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    • Stan Ivanov

      Hello Patricia. Half way through the video there is a pop up that asks if you want to keep playing the existing linzer cookie recipe. The default is to skip to the next one, so just make sure you don't miss this popup.

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      • Patricia

        Thank you so much! One more question...I measure my flours on a digital scale. Are there specific amounts you recommend? I use 113 g/ cup of flour...

  4. Lauren

    Linzer Cookies (Original Austrian Family Recipe) (10)
    What a delicious cookie!! I subbed 1 cup of hazelnut flour for the almond flour, and I used raspberry jam for the filling. Spectacular!

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