Linzer Cookies

This is the absolute BEST Linzer Cookies recipe ever! These gorgeous and easy cookies are buttery, flaky shortbread filled with sweet jam and dusted with powdered sugar. A Christmas Cookie Classic!

Linzer Cookies Stacked with raspberry preserves

Linzer Cookies Are A Classic Christmas Cookie Recipe!

I love a classic cookie. I mean they’re classics for a reason, right? And I’ve really been trying to perfect the classics for you because there’s nothing more rewarding int he kitchen than really knowing how to nail a classic recipe…don’t you think?

And yes, while Linzer Cookies are most popular around the holidays, they certainly are a cookie that can be enjoyed year round.

Use whatever flavor of preserves you like most and be proud that you just made one of the prettiest cookies ever!

Linzer Biscuit Cookies on a wire rack

What Are Linzer Cookies?

I will admit, I had to google this. Of course, I’ve been eating Linzer Cookies forever, but it never occurred to me to wonder about why they’re called “Linzer”. So I thought it might be a fun to find out their origin story!

Linzer Cookies are named after a Linzer Torte, which was originated in Linz, Austria. The torte is a pastry traditionally filled with black currant preserves and topped with a lattice crust.

So the cookies take the same idea and flavors of the torte, but the dough is cut into cookies instead and sandwiched with the preserves. The cut out shape on top mimics the lattice crust!

If These Are Linzer Cookies, Where are the Nuts?

I know some of you guys will have hang-ups that there are no almonds or nut flavor in this recipe, as there are in a traditional torte. You can absolutely add in almond extract if you prefer that flavor!

How To Make Linzer Cookies

How Do You Make Linzer Cookies?

They are actually very simple to make. The dough is very much like a shortbread, and you can purchase delicious, high quality preserves at any local supermarket nowadays.

What Do You Need For the Dough?

Only 5 ingredients are necessary:

  • Butter
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • All Purpose Flour

You could certainly add more flavor to the dough if you would like, such as:

  • Lemon Zest
  • Almond Extract
  • Cinnamon

Linzer Cookie FAQs

HELP! Why is my dough dry?!

One of the complaints I hear most often from this recipe is that the dough was too dry and crumbly. Yes, this is a drier dough, but it shouldn’t crumble apart. I promise the recipe works as written, as I have made these cookies time and time again!

Are There Supposed To Be Eggs?

Nope. The cookies are more like shortbread, no eggs are needed. However I have had people add an egg or two and say they came out ok. I can’t speak to that however.

Do You Have To Use Biscuit Cutters?

No, of course not! Any shape will work. I have this set of biscuit cutters thatI use all the time and they’re great, but if you don’t want to buy them you can use any 2- inch round cutter. Or to be honest you could really use any shape you would like!

What Kind Of Preserves Do You Recommend for Linzer Cookies?

You can use just about any flavor you prefer! I like raspberry and strawberry best, but here are some other ideas:

  • Black Currant (the traditional choice)
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Fig
  • Cherry
  • Apricot-Raspberry

Can You Freeze Linzer Cookies?

Oh yes, absolutely! You can freeze the finished cookies airtight for up to a month. You will need to re-dust them with powdered sugar, as that will melt when they thaw, but beyond that, these are amazing to freeze!

Can You Freeze the Cookie Dough?

Sure! Make the dough, flatten it into a disk as stated in the recipe and freeze it just like that! I do recommend thawing it in the refrigerator because the dough should be chilled to hold the shape of the cutter.

Linzer Torte Cookies dusted with powdered sugar

If you’ve never tried Linzer Cookies, you definitely should give them a try!

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Linzer Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 38 minutes + chill time
  • Yield Yield: 40 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


Linzer Cookies are a classic holiday cookie recipe! Use whatever preserves you like best!


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  3. Remove the dough, flatten it into a disk and wrap in cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit for 10 minutes, to take the chill off.
  6. Dust a clean counter with flour and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4- inch thick.
  7. Cut out the dough using a round 2- inch round biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. In half of the rounds, cut out  circle (or shape) in the centers. You can use a small cookie cutter, or even the back of a piping tip.
  8. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet and place baking sheet in the freezer.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350°F. When the oven is preheated, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  10. Transfer the cookie to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, spread about 1 teaspoon of preserves on the bottoms of the solid cookies. Gently press the cut out cookies on top of the preserves.
  12. Dust all the cookies with powdered sugar.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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July 5, 2020 12:08 am

Just made this for the 4th of July….a HUGE hit…I will be adding this to my Christmas cookie list..Thank you for such a delicious cookie!

March 25, 2020 3:30 pm

This recipe works pretty well, but i did end up adding an egg since my dough was a little crumbly. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

jeanne nelli
January 20, 2020 11:42 am

This recipe is amazing. I followed it except I used almond extract instead of vanilla. They tasted delicious and came out looking beautiful and tasting great. Mine for some reason, we’re golden at 16 mins instead of 18, so I took them out. They were perfect. Must be my oven. Thanks Shelly for the recipe. Jeanne

December 27, 2019 10:32 am

Thank you so much for lovely blog. Linzer Cookies Are A Classic Christmas Cookie Recipe!
Great keep it |

December 18, 2019 12:43 pm

First time making this recipe, followed to a T, and I cannot roll it out it’s so crumbly.

What can I do to save this batch?


December 12, 2019 3:59 pm

Hi Shelly,

I have not done the cookies yet, noticed that your receipy does not have egg. Please let me know if this is correct.


Alessandra Jannette
December 12, 2019 2:54 pm

Hi Shelly,

When you say 40 cookies do you mean 40 sandwiches or 40 individual cookies and 20 sandwiches?

Thank you!

Cam Gelb
December 15, 2019 4:09 pm

Hi Shelly. My dough never came together it was just dry loose crumbs that would not form a dough ball. I threw it back in the mixer and added two eggs. These turned out well in the end but am very Leary of sharing this recipe!

December 11, 2019 2:52 pm

Hi Shelly! I just mixed up the dough….or tried to. Is the flour amount correct? It seems like far too much flour and all I have is crumbs that don’t stick together well. I even only gradually added 3 cups. I am looking forward to making these!

December 11, 2019 3:52 pm
Reply to  Peggy

I have the same recipe which I absolutely love but could you mean 3/4 lb of butter and not cup?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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