Mini Linzer Cookies

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 36 cookies
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min


3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup good raspberry preserves

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter. With 1/2 of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a heart or spade shaped cutter. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners' sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confectioners' sugar on the top.
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84 Reviews

Marisa R.

I usually love Ina's recipes but not this one. I tried but knew before I was done I should have stuck to the recipe I know and love. Traditional linzers are made with some nut flour which boosts the flavor and also gives a better texture in my opinion. To those looking for a good linzer recipe and without nut allergies, I recommend trying the King Arthur Flour Linzer Cookies recipe (you can find it on their website). I use hazelnut flour (you could use almond as well) and no matter what I've used for jam, they always taste delicious. They are best made a day or 2 in advance to allow the jam to soften the cookie a bit. Am making a batch now.

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