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Easy Linzer Cookies Recipe

These Linzer cookies are super easy to make and great for the holiday season and cookie exchanges! Simple ingredients for a delicious cookie!

What are linzer cookies?

Linzer cookies are a type of shortbread cookie that originated in Austria. They are made with a combination of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and spices. The dough is rolled out and then cut into shapes using a special Linzer cutter which has a hole in the center. The cookies are then baked and sandwiched together with jam.

What kind of jam can I use for linzer cookies?

Almost any type of jam or jelly can be used for linzer cookies. Some popular choices include raspberry, strawberry, apricot, and blackberry.

How do I store linzer cookies?

Linzer cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Can you take these linzer cookies for the holidays?

Yes, these linzer cookies would be great for the holidays! They are perfect for cookie exchanges and make a great addition to any holiday cookie platter.

What ingredients do you need for Linzer cookies?

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose unbleached organic flour (480 grams)
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (280 grams )
  • 2/3 cup sugar (140 grams)
  • 1 lemon; zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup jam of choice

Why are they called linzer cookies?

Linzer cookies are named after the city of Linz, Austria. The cookies are said to have originated in the city in the 18th century.

How long do linzer cookies last?

Linzer cookies will last for up to 1 week when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

What are some other fun holiday cookies to try?

Easy Linzer Cookies Recipe
Yield: 36 cookies

Easy Linzer Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

These fun linzer cookies are so good and fun to make for the holidays!


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose unbleached organic flour (480 grams)
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (280 grams )
  • 2/3 cup sugar (140 grams)
  • 1 lemon; zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup jam of choice


  1. Mix flour with the butter first in the stand mixer until crumbled. Then slowly add all the other ingredients.
  2. Divide the dough in half and make two round balls. Wrap it in the plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll out the first ball of dough. Cut out the cookies with a small round cookie cutter. Cut out the other half of the dough with the same cookie cutter first and than with a smaller one make a smaller cut out in the middle of the cookie. I used this linzer set to cut my cookies.
  5. Place parchment paper on baking sheet. Place cookie tops and bottoms onto the sheet.
  6. Bake for 9 minutes till very lightly golden on edges. If your cookies are burning your oven runs to hot you will need to decrease the temperature or time.
  7. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Once the cookies have cooled add a small lump of jam to the bottoms and press the top cookie with cutout lightly onto the bottom cookie.
  8. Shift powdered sugar over the tops of the cookies. Store in airtight container.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 115Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 37mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 1g

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