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Linzer Cookies

 I have tried a bunch of Linzer cookie recipes over the years and non compare to this tried-and-true Family Circle magazine version from 1979!
So delicious and fun, they’ve become a tradition in my house each Valentine’s season.
According to Wikipedia, the Linzer Torte (or Linzertorte) is an Austrian and Hungarian torte with a lattice design on top of the pastry. Linzer Torte is a very short, crumbly pastry made of flour, unsalted butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, cinnamon and lemon juice, and ground nuts, usually hazelnuts, (but even walnuts or almonds are used), covered with a filling of red currant jamor, alternatively, plum butter, thick raspberry or apricot jam. It is covered by a lattice of dough strips. 
Linzer Sablés are a cookie-sized version, made by cutting a circle of a similar dough, covering it with jam, placing a donut-like circle with a hole in the center piece of dough on top, and dusting with confectioner’s sugar.

original recipe from Family Circle Magazine, 1979 

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 12 oz. jar jam (raspberry, strawberry, apricot all work well); we use Nutella also
confectioner’s sugar

Heat oven to 350.

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Separate 1 egg.

Beat in egg, egg yolk, lemon rind and vanilla extract.

Mix flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir into egg mixture, blending well to make a stiff dough; use hands if necessary to mix ingredients together. Divide dough evenly onto two sheets of wax paper. Use paper to make a ball with the dough, then wrap tightly and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Remove one dough disk from refrigerater. Roll dough between sheets of wax paper to about 1/4″ thickness. With 2″ round cookie cutter,  cut as many circles from dough as possible. Carefully remove circles from wax paper and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Chill scraps before re-rolling and cutting out circles.

With second disk of dough, repeat process of rolling and cutting out circles. Using a smaller cookie cutter or knife, cut shapes in this batch of circles. Again, chill scraps before re-rolling.

You can use a round cookie cutter, or even a drinking glass and knife to cut out the inside shape. I have this Wilton set. The kids love all the different cut outs they can make.

Bake cookies 8-9 minutes or until edges are just starting to turn golden. Remove from oven and cool cookies on stovetop for 1 minute, then carefully transfer from cookie sheets to wire cooling racks and cool completely.

I have found if you let them rest on the cookie sheet longer than a minute or so, they tend to stick to the pan and break when removed.

Spread a layer of jam on each of the solid (bottom) cookies.
For this batch we also used Nutella (chocolate-hazelnut spread) on some of our cookies – yummmmmmm!

Dust the cookies with cut-outs (tops) with confectionary sugar. Top each bottom cookie with a top to form a sandwich.




If your Valentine is a chocoholic (like all four of mine!), one of these desserts might strike your fancy!


Thanks for visiting today! Wishing you a happy, love-filled week ahead, my friends!


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Dana [email protected] Make Them Wonder

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

I'll take one of each please! Fantastic idea of adding Nutella...chocolate covered strawberry wrapped up in cookie awesomeness.

Moore or Less Cooking

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

I am so happy that your memory served you right and you posted your Linzer cookies recipe twice, it is absolutely my favorite and yours look fabulous, I just had about 1/2 a dozen from Morses European Deli, and just figured out by your post that it is Nutella in the center!! Thank you Lisa! I linked up my Chocolate banana nut birthday cake, but I guess I did that @Mangia Mondays, oh well, I have no memory, this is all fitting together perfectly sweetie! Nettie

Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, Lisa! Hope you have a wonderfully sweet day!!Tracey


Monday 13th of February 2012

Your cookies are so pretty and chocolate peanut butter casserole!?!? I've never heard of such a thing, but it sounds absolutely delicious.


Monday 13th of February 2012

Wow, it would take a pretty special someone for me to part with one of these beauties.