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May 03, 2021
Linzer cookies are a traditional Austrian holiday cookie made with a shortbread dough, dusted with powdered sugar, and filled with jam. The top cookie has a peek-a-boo cutout to showcase the jam.
I wanted to make these cookies back in December, but we had already had our fill of cookies both from our kitchen and the kitchens of friends and family. Instead, I held onto this recipe knowing I could play with the flavors and shapes for other holidays.
Jam: UNLIMITED Flavor Possibilities.
Traditionally, a Linzer cookie is flavored with almond, a hint a of cinnamon and filled with raspberry jam. I opted to replace the cinnamon with lemon zest and paired it with cherry preserves. The Amadio Ranch cherry preserves are made with whole cherries and you are certain to get a piece of fruit in every bite. Plus, the color is a vibrant red perfect for Valentine’s Day. Here are some other flavor combinations you could consider:
You can use your favorite shortbread cookie dough for this cookie. I used this Easy Almond Linzer Cookies Recipe.
A few tips to keep in mind:
You can buy cookie cutter sets of nesting hearts or circles. You can even buy a Linzer cookie cutter set to get that perfectly centered jam window. I opted to use things I had around the house including a mason jar lid, heart cutter stolen from my daughter's playdough set, and a milk carton lid. I think I will make a flower cookie with a mango preserve center for Easter! Wouldn't that make a lovely bouquet on a platter?
No cookie cutters? Not in the mood to roll out dough? No problem! Simply roll dough into a ball and place a thumbprint in the center. Once cool, add jam to the center and drizzle with an icing made of powdered sugar and a splash of milk.
Thanks to Rebecca for another great blog post!