This Back-Pocket Linzer Cookie Recipe Is a Holiday Essential

The nutty cookies, a traditional European Christmas treat, can be made with a wide variety of jams.

The nutty cookies, a traditional European Christmas treat, can be made with a wide variety of jams.

Find this recipe in Cookies at Home With the Culinary Institute of America (Wiley, 2011). Happy baking!

Linzer Cookies

Makes about three dozen cookies


¾ lb (3 sticks) unsalted butter
1¼ cups granulated sugar
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
3 cups cake flour
2½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups fine cake crumbs or plain dry bread crumbs
2 tsp baking powder
2½ cups hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed, and ground*
Confectioners’ sugar, as needed, for garnish
Raspberry jam, as needed, for filling

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In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Gradually add the eggs, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Reduce the speed to low.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, cake crumbs, and baking powder together into a medium bowl. Add to the creamed mixture all at once and mix just until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Add the hazelnuts and mix just until combined. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

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On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about ¼-inch thick. Cut rounds of dough using a fluted circular cookie cutter. Use a smaller cutter to cut a hole in half of the rounds. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1½ inches apart. As you are working, reserve the scraps so that they may be rolled again and cut.

Bake until lightly golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool for a minute on the baking sheets, then transfer, using a spatula, to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Sift confectioners’ sugar over the cooled cookies. Coat the cookies without holes lightly and the ones with holes thoroughly. Pipe or spread a thin layer of jam on the cookies without holes. Top with the remaining cookies and press gently to secure.

Store the cookies in an airtight container.

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*Pistachio Linzers: Substitute an equal amount of pistachios for the hazelnuts.

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