Shortbread Linzer Cookies {With Jam}

Classic Linzer cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Vanilla and almond flavored shortbread cookie sandwiches are filled with raspberry jam and dusted with powdered sugar.

These are such a fun treat to make, because they are more unique than just your classic chocolate chip cookie- though I do love a yummy chocolate chip cookie! I also love the almond flavoring in this recipe that adds so much warmth. If you are in the mood to make some more delicious cookies, Italian Rainbow Cookies (Venetians) and Almond Crescent Cookies (Vanillekipferl) are a good choice to add to any get-together!

What are linzers? Why are they called that?

A Linzer cookie is a delicious almond flavored sugar cookie with a hollow center filled with jam. These cookies are originally from a city in Austria called Linz. They are similar to a pastry called the Linzer Torte that has jam filling.

What is the filling of traditional linzer cookie?

The classic choice is jam, raspberry being most common, but you can also switch things up with different frostings and fillings, such as the following:

How to make linzer cookies recipe from scratch?

  1. Cream together– Butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in– Egg, vanilla extract, almond extract.
  3. Whisk– All-purpose flour and almond flour together in a separate bowl.
  4. Combine– Dry mixture and wet mixture.
  5. Cover and chill– Dough in fridge for 1 hour. 
  6. Roll– Cookie dough out.
  7. Cut out- Dough with cookie cutters, half of them solid and half hollowed out.
  8. Place– Cutouts on a cookie tray.
  9. Bake– Fort 10-12 minutes on 350 degrees. Don’t over-bake!
  10. Cool- Cookies on the tray.
  11. Dust- Hollowed out cookies with powdered sugar.
  12. Spread– Jam on the solid cookies and place hollowed out cookies on top. Enjoy!

Variations for shortbread cookie sandwiches

Add zests– Like lemon, lime, or orange.

Add spices- Such as cinnamon and nutmeg for a warm, Fall touch.

Try other extracts- For new flavor, like lemon extract, maple extract, or raspberry extract.

Fill with Fruit– After cookies are cooled, fill them with berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries. You can also try peaches, Slow Cooker Fried Apples, or Sautéed Cinnamon Apples (30 Mins)

Try Unique Fillings– Such as Whipped cream, Dulce De Leche, Crockpot Apple Butter, Lemon Curd, Vanilla Pudding, or Banana Pudding. Be sure the pudding is thicker!

Add chopped nuts- Including walnuts, almonds, pecans, or even peanuts.

Drizzle- Melted chocolate, white chocolate, Caramel Sauce, Nutella Syrup, or a simple glaze over the top of cooled cookies.

Dip- Cooled cookies so that half are coated in chocolate or white chocolate. You can also dip them in fruit dip as you eat!

Mix in- Or top with shredded coconut.

Tips and Techniques for raspberry linzer cookies

Don’t overfill cookies– Only a small amount of filling is needed so that the cookie is pleasing to the eye, doesn’t run over the edge, or overpower the cookie flavor.

Don’t over bake- These cookies should be watched carefully, because they should still be a bit soft and not overly browned or crispy.

Use thick jam or preserves– Because the cookies will set better with a thicker filling. Otherwise the jam will run and your cookies won’t look pretty!

Don’t assemble warm cookies– Otherwise the filling will be more runny, the cookies won’t set right, and you’ll likely have a sticky mess.

How thick do you roll cookie dough– Roll your dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.

Use unsalted butter– To prevent dough from being too salty.

Chill dough– This is very important because the dough will be easier to handle and cut out shapes.

Total number of cookies yielded– From this recipe will vary, because it depends on size of cookie cutter used and thickness you rolled out the dough.

Baking time may vary– Based on the shape of the cutter used, thickness of the dough, and the size of the cookie, so watch them so they don’t burn!

Must use both almond flour and all-purpose flour- You can’t replace one with other, because they are different textures and will change the texture, taste, and baking time of your cookie.

Almond meal vs. Almond flour– Must use almond flour because almond meal has a different texture and will make your cookies less desirable.

If the dough becomes too soft– While rolling, chill again in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to make it easier to handle. 

Why is my cookie dough dry and crumbly? How to fix it?– You may have added too much flour or not enough liquid. In odd to fix this, simply stir in a tiny bit of water or milk until the dough is the right consistency.

Allow the cookies to cool on tray– Because the residual heat allows them to cook further to perfection.


  • Should jam cookies be refrigerated?– They don’t have to be. They can stay in a cookie jar for up to 3 days, but they will last longer and keep their shape better in the fridge. Also, depending on what filling you used, they may need to be refrigerated to stay fresh.
  • Freezer- Cool cookies completely, then store in a freezer safe container. Thaw to room temperature to eat.
  • Leftovers- Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days. 

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Easy Linzer Cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Chill time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Classic Linzer cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Vanilla and almond flavored shortbread cookie sandwiches are filled with raspberry jam.
Yield: 24 Cookie sandwiches


  • 1 cup Butter, Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg, Large
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Almond extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Almond flour
  • 1 cup Raspberry jam, Preferably thick jam, Or strawberry jam
  • 2 tbsp Powdered sugar, For dusting


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until mixture is light and fluffy. 
  • Add egg, vanilla extract, almond extract and and mix until combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, almond flour until combined.
  • Add this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Cover and chill dough in fridge for 1 hour.
  • Transfer cookie dough to a floured surface and roll it to about 1/4-inch thickness. 
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out your desired shapes. Half of the shapes should be solid and half should be hollowed out like a window with a smaller cutter.
  • Place these pieces on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown and firm along the edges. Keep a close eye so they don't over-bake.
  • Remove tray from oven and allow the cookies to cool completely in the tray. The residual heat allows them to cook further to perfection.
  • Place all the "hollowed out cookies" on a sheet of parchment paper and dust them with powdered sugar. Keep aside.
  • Spread some thick jam on the solid cookies and gently place the powdered hollowed out cookies on top to make cookie sandwiches. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 199kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 27mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 246IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 199
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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One comment on “Shortbread Linzer Cookies {With Jam}”

  1. Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope they will like it.5 stars

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