Jam Linzer Cookies

Jam Linzer Cookies

By 22/12/2014

I can say with certainty that my favourite biscuit is the Linzer.  I call them "melt in your mouth biscuits".

If you don't know, this is a traditional Austrian jam biscuit which takes its name after the city of Linz. I spent some time in Austria years ago studying and that's when I fell in love with this fabulous crumbly "jam sandwich" biscuit.

These days you can find them in many patisseries around the world but I must say that many times I have tried them and as many times I have been disappointed. Something is always missing: the pastry is never crumbly and fragrant enough and the biscuits do not have that deep aromatic perfume of goodness which only homemade ones seem to be able to achieve.

First comes good quality butter. Choose organic if you can or at least good butter and not margarine or other synthetic alternatives.

Then vanilla essence, lemon juice and lemon zest are needed to give the biscuits their unique aromatic perfume. These cookies are often made with ground almonds too like the traditional Linzer cake but I have left them out this time so people with nut allergies can enjoy them too.

Finally get a nice red jam like raspberry, strawberry or blueberry jam.

  • Prep Time : 35 minutes
  • Cook Time : 12-15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Mix the softened butter with the sugar

mixing

Add the lemon zest, the vanilla essence, a pinch of salt and the egg

mixing ingredients

Now add the flour and the juice of half of the lemon, mix well and working with your hands make a smooth ball.

stirring mixture

Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

smooth ball

After the resting time, using a rolling pin flatten the pastry to be about 3 mm thick and with a pastry cutter cut some circles

cutting pastry

Cut half of them in the middle using a smaller pastry cutter.

round shape

You can use any shape you like and you can be creative with them. Each shape should have its "twin shape" (one with holes and one without) which will be matched after cooking to make one single biscuit.

tree shape cutting pastry

Line them up on your baking tray over a sheet of baking paper or a silicone one and cook them for about 12 to 15 minutes at 190C until lightly golden. Stand by the oven after the first 10 minutes and check them as they cook very quickly!

Take them out of the oven, let them cool down and sprinkle the half of the biscuit with a hole in the middle with icing sugar

dusting sugar

Spread some jam on the other half then "glue" them together.

spreading jam

Enjoy your beautiful creations. Not only are they delicious, they are very awesome too! They would make a perfect edible homemade gift for someone.

Classic Linzer biscuit

biscuit star

Christmas linzer biscuit

linzer flower

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41 Responses to Jam Linzer Cookies

  1. gloria

    I love these linzer cookiez Alida lovely!
    Buon natale!
    Merry Christmas!

    • Alida

      Buon Natale anche a te!

  2. manda

    The dusting wand looks too cool. Love the recipe as well!

    • Alida

      Thank you for entering and good luck!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    These are my favorite and my families favorite as well. I think you and I think a lot. I was planning on using my Linzer tarts for my post on Tuesday. I make mine a little different, but I may switch it out for another one, as I do not want to infringe on your post. I will see. I spent Sunday baking all day, Linzer, more snowball cookies, and a few other cookies. Boy was I tired last night after cleaning up. Love your Christmas tree Linzer and the traditional ones are beautiful. I do the same thing, bake the ones with holes next to the ones without. My family loves the Red Raspberry Jam without the seeds. But I save a few for myself because I love Blackberry Jam on mine. Thanks for sharing dear friend! Enjoy those cookies and your Christmas!
    Dottie x 🙂

    • Alida

      I know what you mean: working in the kitchen is fun but it is tiring and by the the end of the day I feel really sleepy especially when I make biscuits. There is a sweet reward in the end though! Have a great Christmas Dottie!

  4. Marima

    Just entered! I love that bowl and the biscuits look lovely!

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Sono carinissimi e tanto golosi i tuoi biscotti linzer, bravissima! Un abbraccio e felice Natale!

  6. Sue Goodger

    These sound really lovely, they’d make a brilliant tea time treat too! My husband would find the bowl & duster really useful in our kitchen – reduce the mess he makes… maybe!

    • Alida

      Yes they go really well with tea and coffee. Thank you for entering and good luck!

  7. Kathie Bartlett

    Your recipes for the Chocolate Salami and Jam Linzers sound great! and, I’d love the win the bowl !!!!!

  8. Catherine

    Dear Alida, A very delicious cookie for Christmas.
    Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas. xoxo Catherine

  9. Louise

    Hi Alida:)
    What lovely Linzer Jam Cookies you have baked for us this Christmas. They look delicately delicious:) I’m really liking that bowl but, that sprinkly thing is just to cool, lol…A generous give-away indeed:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida. Wishing You and Yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas. It has been wonderful sharing the blogosphere with you this past year, Alida. I look forward to many more years of sharing recipes, and a Happy New Year!!! Good Luck to everyone:)

    • Alida

      Thank you Louise! Same for me. And happy Christmas and happy new year to you too.xx

  10. Choclette

    These look so pretty Alida. I’ve never eaten a real Linzer cookie from Austria, but I am rather fond of our English version – jammie dodgers.

    I hope you are having a lovely Christmas.

  11. Lucy Parissi

    Such gorgeous cookies! I must make these – post Christmas now I guess though I doubt anyone would complain. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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  13. Tracey Peach

    I’ve never seen a dusting wand before it’s brilliant! & the biscuits look so scrummy too

  14. carrie Wilson

    Great prize

  15. kellyjo walters

    lovely.. them biscuits look delish!

  16. maggie ali

    I’m so in need of the bowl :)))) Happy New Year!

  17. Jo Hutchinson

    Wonderful looking biscuits, I had never heard of a dusting wand before.

  18. Claire Davies

    These cookies are delicious, thank you very much for the recipe. Brilliant competition 🙂 All entered, thank you very much!

  19. Anthony Martin

    Am truly glad to have found you and cant deny the initial allure was the bowl as a prize following my traditional mixing bowl having an accident and shattering. However having checked your site out I will be here more looking for inspiration, a chance to win and maybe some tips to help me improve my own dishes x

    • Alida

      Thank you Anthony!

  20. Gwyn sharps

    Yum, thanks for the idea. I’d really like to give this a go.

  21. J Lewis

    I will try these I made lemon biscuits with Tiago over Christmas

  22. tiggerific1973

    These look lovely! I will try them very soon, thank you x

  23. claire woods

    These look so lovely I have to try them.

  24. William Gould

    That bowl looks really useful!

  25. Tina Holmes

    Yummy these look fab!

  26. Kiran Parry

    I like the idea of jam cookies and the shapes are great. they do look really
    festive.

    • Alida

      Thank you!

  27. Lynne OConnor

    I love OXO products. Fingers srossed

  28. Tracy K Nixon

    What a lovely recipe – a must to try out with my children! Thank you for the review and giveaway too!

    • Alida

      Thank you Tracy!

  29. debbie smith

    yummy i will be trying these asap !!!

  30. Natalie Crossan

    Oooh delicious cookies – how yum!!

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