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Raspberry Linzer Cookies sandwich bright and tangy raspberry jam between two almond cookies. They’re as delicious as they are beautiful!

Raspberry Linzer Cookies sandwich bright and tangy raspberry jam between two almond cookies. They’re as delicious as they are beautiful!

Friends, I am all in on heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day.

It’s no secret that I am one of those no-chocolate weirdos. It’s the one food I just cannot and will not do. I’ll eat things with tentacles before I touch chocolate.

#weirdo

Raspberry Linzer Cookies are both bright and nutty with raspberry jam and almond cookies.

So most people assume that Valentine’s Day is not so much my thing in regards to food. And while it is true that Alex will never be able to bring me home a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, I’m here for heart-shaped cookies and all things strawberry or raspberry.

This year, I decided to celebrate Valentine’s and be a Good Cookie with these delicious and beautiful Raspberry Linzer Cookies.

Raspberry jam gets sandwiched between two almond cookies to make traditional Raspberry Linzer Cookies.

GOOD COOKIE VALENTINE’S EVENT

This is the third year for the Good Cookie Food Bloggers’ Valentine’s event, and my second year participating! (Remember my Pillowy Soft Sugar Cookies from last year?)

This special Valentine’s Day event is held to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Did you know that cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. And less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancer combined.

It’s important for us to work to change these statistics in any way we can.

Help my fellow food bloggers and me make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Our goal was to raise at least $3000. Because Dixie Crystals, Mediavine and OXO each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000!

Thanks to many of you, we have already reached our goal. You can still donate and help us make an even bigger difference!

Donate here.

Scroll past my Raspberry Linzer Cookies recipe to see what my fellow participating bloggers have created as part of their contribution to this cause.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies sandwich raspberry jam between two almond cookies.

WHAT IS A LINZER COOKIE?

Linzer cookies are so named because they are a cookie-sized version of the Austrian linzer torte.

The linzer torte, named after the city of Linz, Austria, has an almond or hazelnut crust, a raspberry filling, and a lattice top. Linzer cookies mimic the tart by sandwiching raspberry jam between two nut-filled cookies.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies are a sweet and beautiful way to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Of course, the top cookie needs to have that classic window cut-out to truly mimic the lattice top of the torte!

Though you’ll often see linzer cookies with different types of filling, raspberry is the most common and traditional.

Tangy raspberry jam and nutty almonds come together to make sweet Raspberry Linzer Cookies.

RASPBERRY LINZER COOKIES RECIPE

As with many cookie recipes on this site (Chai Sugar Cookies come to mind), I did some (fairly heavy) tweaking of my No Chill Sugar Cookies to create the dough for these Raspberry Linzer Cookies.

The biggest difference here is the addition of ground almond meal to the dough. You could also use ground hazelnut meal if you prefer.

The nuts add a fair amount of fat to the dough, even if you don’t realize it. Because of this, we do need to chill this dough and keep it cold while rolling and cutting out the Raspberry Linzer Cookies.

If your house is warm, try sticking a sheet pan in the freezer while you work. Then, if the dough starts to get too warm while you are rolling and cutting, you can take the sheet pan out and set it over the dough for a few minutes to firm it up.

I like to use a linzer cookie cutter to cut out my linzer cookies. They usually come with a few “window” shape options, and are an easy way to make sure you get the cut-out centered for the top cookies. They’re also pretty inexpensive and useful for Stained Glass Cookies, too.

Of course, you can simply use one larger cookie cutter and make your “windows” with a smaller cutter. It’s up to you! Just make sure you have an equal number of bottom (solid) cookies and top (window) cookies.

Dust your top cookies with powdered sugar before sandwiching them together with the jam for an extra pretty touch.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies will soften if you let them sit after filling, so keep that in mind if you want to fill them ahead of time. You can also make the cookies up to several days in advance and simply fill them just before serving.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies are a sweet addition to any day, but especially Valentine's Day!

Yield: About 2 dozen sandwich cookies

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Linzer Cookies sandwich bright and tangy raspberry jam between two almond cookies. They’re as delicious as they are beautiful!

Raspberry Linzer Cookies sandwich bright and tangy raspberry jam between two almond cookies. They’re as delicious as they are beautiful!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Bake Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 47 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond meal or hazelnut meal
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Raspberry jam, for filling
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, or until very smooth, fluffy, and light in color.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Mix in the salt and the almond or hazelnut meal just until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour, beating until just combined. Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap, parchment or waxed paper and shape into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  6. Roll out dough 1/4 at a time between two pieces of parchment or waxed paper until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies, making sure to cut windows in half of the cookies, and place on prepared baking sheets about 1/2 inch apart. Because tops and bottoms make bake at slightly different rates, I recommend placing all tops on one sheet and all bottoms on another.
  7. Chill cut-out cookies for 20 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are set and barely starting to turn golden on the edges.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes on baking sheets before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. When ready to serve, place a small spoonful of jam on each of the bottom cookies. Dust the top cookies with powdered sugar, then place the top cookies on top of the bottoms, creating sandwiches.

Notes

Cookies will soften if they are left filled overnight. If you prefer your cookies to be crisp, I recommend waiting to fill them until just before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1 cookie sandwich

Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 28mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 3g

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Crystina Condon

Monday 21st of December 2020

Is it ok to use Almond Flour?

Stephie

Monday 1st of February 2021

You can use almond flour in place of the almond meal, but not in place of the all-purpose flour. Hope this helps!

JulieD

Thursday 14th of March 2019

This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for participating and doing amazing things, I hope you'll do it again next year!

Stephie

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Thank you for being our fearless leader each year! <3

Susannah

Friday 8th of February 2019

Stephie, You are wonderful for creating and sharing this lovely recipe for such a worthy cause! Your Mediavine swag is on the way and should be to you soon. It's a small token of our appreciation for your time and efforts to wipe out pediatric cancer. Thank you so much for participating! <3 — Susannah at Mediavine

Stephie

Saturday 16th of February 2019

Thank you guys for supporting such a great cause! <3