Traditional Christmas Linzer Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas, North American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Christmas is all about tradition, both the new traditions and the old.  This Traditional Christmas Linzer Cookies recipe, and old world cookie confection, originating in Austria, is a vital part of holiday traditions for many families.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almonds, finely ground
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup jam (I use half raspberry and half apricot.)

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand-held mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, 1 cup of the confectioner's sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour, ground almonds, and the egg.  Beat just until the flour is incorporated into the wet ingredients.  
  • Divide dough in half and form into a disc about 1 inch thick.  This will make it easier to work with later rather than working with one large batch of dough.  Wrap each half well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or with a silicone baking mat.  Set aside.
  • On a flat, floured surface, roll one half of the dough to about 1/8th of an inch thick.  Using a cookie cutter, cut out the cookies.  Use a mini cookie cutter to cut a center hole into half of the cookies.  Transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool.  
  • Once cooled, spread the bottom of the solid cookies with about 2 teaspoons of jam.  
  • Sift the remaining confectioner's sugar over the top of the cookies with the hole in the center and carefully sandwich them on top of the cookies with the jam.
  • Let the cookies sit for an hour to set up.  Store in a food-safe container. 

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 5% | Vitamin C: 1.5% | Calcium: 2.6% | Iron: 4.7%