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Linzer Cookies


Linzer Cookies Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Linzer Cookies, traditional Christmas cookies, are sandwich cookies typically filled with red jams or green jellies. It's nice to have a Linzer Cookie Cutter to make this recipe, but it's not necessary. All that is needed is one large cookie cutter and a much smaller one that can cut-out a "window" out of a larger cookie's dough.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Refrigerate Overnight or: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes


  • 2-1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  • 1-1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ----
  • strawberry, apricot and/or seedless raspberry jam
  • optional: mint jelly for green
  • more powdered sugar


Combine first set of ingredients with a wire whisk. Set aside. Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add zest. Gradually add flour mixture. Mix well. Divide dough into 2 portions. Place between waxed paper and flatten out to be ready for rolling. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Roll-out 1/2 of the dough onto cookie sheet or floured cutting board to 1/8-inch. Cut half with the Linzer cookie cutter* without insert and half with. Remove excess dough from cookie sheet or dough board and put in refrigerator. Place cookies on baking sheet, if necessary. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 2 minutes. Remove to rack to completely cool. Roll out last half of cookie dough; half with insert cut-out, half with. Bake and cool as before. Repeat with last of dough.

Either dust tops (cookies with holes in them), or dip them in bowl, with powdered sugar. Spread with jam or jelly on cookie bottoms. Place tops over bottoms. Makes about 16 Linzer Cookies.

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