Jam Linzer Cookies


Jam Linzer Cookies

By 11/02/2012

Years ago in order to brush-up my German, I went to Austria to work as an Au-pair in the beautiful town of Graz. I only spent a couple of months there but I enjoyed my stay: beautiful old town, great walks in the mountains, friendly people and good food.

I still remember the lovely cakes on display in the windows and the weight I put on by trying every single one of them. I loved them all: from Apple Strudel, to Sachertorte, to poppy seed loafs, to the great pastries filled with fruit of the forest and the delicious berry jams. I also remember the Linzen Torte which is typical of the city of Linz, situated on the righthandside of the Danube. This is a tart made with ground nuts and berry jam but there are different varieties you can do.

You can also make biscuits which are now a staple at any bakery, the Linzen biscuits which recall the original cake. That's what I made yesterday whilst my young son was fast asleep. They don't take very long at all.
I have slightly changed the recipe and did not use the ground nuts and used honey instead of sugar and themed them for the approaching Valentine.

  • Prep Time : 30 + 20 min resting time minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes



Put the flour on your work top and make a small hole in the middle. Add the egg, salt, sugar,the softened butter cut into pieces, lemon zest and vanilla essence
Work quickly and shape it into a ball. Put it in the fridge for 20 minutes.
With a rolling pin roll the pastry flat about 1/2 cm thick and with a round pastry cutter cut some circles about 8 cm diameter.
On half of them, with a smaller pastry cutter, make a hole in the middle.
Cook at 200 C for about 10-15 minute until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place the biscuits on a rack to cool.
Spread some jam on the biscuits without a hole and dust some icing sugar on the others. Then lay the two sides together like a sandwich.

Happy Valentine!

linzer biscuits

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15 Responses to Jam Linzer Cookies

  1. Ayşe

    Hi Alida, I have just seen your post in Have The Cake and your lovely blog. these biscuits look delicious 🙂 happy to follow you :)take care…Ayse

  2. Nina

    Perfect sweets for Valentine's day!Looks yummy…

  3. Agnieszka

    I am going to try this recipe, the cookies look gorgeous !Agnieszka

  4. Pegasuslegend

    These are by far my favorite cookie and with the hearts they are perfection so sweet happy Valentines!

  5. ramya

    They look like perfect little treats, Alida.Good work!

  6. Miss Conversationalist

    They are so pretty! Your photography is lovely, did you get a new camera? I'm so glad you joined "Have Some Cake", I think I'll join as well, do you just email them/who?xx

  7. Cuisine de Provence

    Diese Plätzchen sehen köstlich aus! Wish you could send them via email 🙂

  8. Helen Gr

    Hi Alida. Very tasty and well decorated biscuits!A wonderful idea for Valentine's day!Thank you very much for sharing!Have a wonderful week, my dear!

  9. PolaM

    Buoni! I always get some when I go to suedtyrol! Their so good!

  10. Rita

    These looks picture perfect and I would love a taste; you are so talented.Rita

  11. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Hello Alida, I´m coming from Catherine´s blog to learn about your Italian recipes, I´m from Buenos Aires, so , imagine we love Italian food. This cookies are great! I´m staying here as a follower. If you like to visit me, the blog is in ¨Spanglish¨, but there´s a translator on the upper right side, probably you´ll understand some words.Best regardsMyriam

  12. magie

    What sweet (and yummy looking) cookies, just the perfect treat for Valentines day..love the little jammy heart centers!

  13. seanymph

    I love these and yet Ive never made them. I always buy a couple from a bakery as a treat. One day Ill have to make it. I loved reading about your time in Austria tho. Long ago my daughters High School band was going to do a month in Europe. I wanted to go with here too. She knew if I went we would surely have fun because I want to try everything. And so one of the stops was going to be Austria. I told her we were going to eat our way thru it but sadly I could not get enough money together in time for us to go. It is a trip Im very sad we had to miss. Oh well…….maybe someday Ill get that chance again. Pass me some strudel tho 🙂

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