Linzer Cookies

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Linzer Cookies Recipes; These cookies use ground almonds and plum jelly for a lovely flavor.  Try this linzer cookies recipes this season.

linzer-cookiesIt never occurred to me to have a favorite jam or jelly.  I just like them all.  Strawberry, raspberry, apricot, plum… I like them all.

My mom’s favorite is plum jam, and since grandma has a plum tree, I’ve made jam a couple times.  I’m not going to lie, it’s fantastic stuff.  Plus it’s easy as pie to make, because you don’t have to peel the fruit, you put it in the jam with skins on.

Then there is my diligent and hard working sister-in-law.  She made plum jelly this year (no fruit) which is far more difficult.  You have to cook it down and strain it before you can even turn it into jelly.  “Why are you doing all this work?” I asked her.  “Because I don’t like jam.”

Not that I blame her, I guess we all have our quirky little food preferences that we will go to great lengths to work around.

She gave me a jar of the most beautiful dark and flavorful plum jelly you’ve ever seen.  It’s tart, full of flavor, and frankly, tastes fantastic with these almond Linzers.  I debated about parting with it but finally decided the cookies were worth it. Linzer Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies It’s still cookie week, by the way.  I hope you’ve been checking in and enjoying all the fantastic cookie recipes we’ve created for you.  Let’s have a quick recap, shall we?

Monday I shared Eggnog Cookies and told you all about the fun giveaway.  Have you entered yet?  You totally should.  There are a mega ton of ways to enter.  Take your pick! Tuesday, I shared Peppermint Thumbprints filled with little dots of chocolate.  Besides being super tasty, they’re totally adorable.  Which makes them twice as fun to eat.

Wednesday, I took a break to do some more baking.

Thursday, today, Almond Linzer Cookies with Plum Jelly Filling.  Nutty, fruity, heavenly!

Tomorrow, Friday, I’ll be sharing my last recipe of the week.  Want to know what that is?  You’ll have to come back tomorrow!

Linzer Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesLinzer Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies I think these Linzers are so beautiful and showy.  They would make a great addition to a holiday party, or on days when you are expecting company.

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Peppermint Meringue Pillow Cookies by It’s Yummi!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti from Chocolate Moosey
Oatmeal Rum Raisin Cookies by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Samoa Macaroons by 52 Kitchen Adventures
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Linzer Cookies
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A slightly crispy almond cookie sandwiched with plum jelly and dusted with powdered sugar.
Category: Cookies
Yield: 1-2 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1¼ cups ground almonds (*see notes)
  • 2 cups flour
  • powdered sugar
  • plum jelly
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and cinnamon, and mix well. Add ground almonds and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Shape dough into two separate discs and wrap tightly with plastic. Chill for 2-3 hours, until firm.
  4. Roll dough to ⅛" thickness. (*see notes) Cut circles. Use a smaller cutter to cut out centers of half of the circles. Place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and immediately dust those with centers cut out with powdered sugar.
  6. Place a small amount of plum jelly on each round cookie. Place a cookie with a center cut out on top.
You can use a food processor or high speed blender to turn whole or sliced almonds into ground almonds. I used one 5 oz. bag of sliced almonds, and it gave me almost exactly 1¼ cups.

Because the dough can be a touch crumbly, it is best to roll dough between layers of wax paper, rather than on a floured countertop. Work quickly to avoid dough becoming too sticky.

I used a 2.5" cutter for the large circles, and a 1.5" cutter for the centers.


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  1. Yum! My mouth is watering from your description of plum jam. I have never had it and now i’m intrigued. I love jam and jelly of all types.

  2. I had no idea that linzers would be this easy to make! Yours are gorgeous!
    I don’t use almond flour at all, but I’d love to try these! Do you think the unbaked dough would freeze well?

  3. I used to work in a bakery in high school and we sold Lizer Cookies. I had never heard of them until then. I am excited to find a recipe to try at home!

  4. these cookies are so pretty! Linzers always get me in the holiday mood :) And while I prefer jam to jelly as well- this plum jelly is the most gorgeous color.

  5. My favorite holiday cookie! I’ve never thought of plum ones. Love the change of flavor from the usual raspberry and apricot.

  6. I’m not a huge cookie eater but linzers are one of my weaknesses!

  7. These are beautiful, Jen! Love the plum jelly too. What a gorgeous color!

  8. I love linzer cookies with the jam in the middle. Can’t say I’ve ever tried plum jam. Maybe next summer!

  9. These are so pretty, Jen. Perfect for the holiday table!

  10. Jen, this is an amazing cookie. I am sharing it on my final Cookies roundup for the year. Should go live on Dec. 26th…just in time for New Years baking. It will link to this post!

    Just Pinned it. :)
    Ducks ‘n a Row


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