We have long wanted to explain this Christmas recipe to you, which due to its simplicity is perfect for cooking with the children on these winter evenings. It is about some Christmas cookies filled with jam that you are sure to know, the Linzer cookies also known as Linzer Plätzchen or Spitzbuben.

These shortbread cookies , which usually have ground hazelnuts or almonds, filled with jam and sprinkled with icing sugar, have their origin in Austria, specifically in the city of Linz, and they say they are a variant of the Austrian  Linzer Torte , which in itself you don’t know is the  oldest known cake recipe in the world.

Linzer Christmas Cookies Recipe

Ingredients (for about 50 cookies), it can also be made with half the ingredients if we do not want so many, although if we make many they are ideal as gifts:

  • 400g of flour
  • 200 g of almond flour
  • 300g of butter
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Jam with our favorite flavor (we have used strawberry, peach and cherry)
  • icing sugar to decorate
  • Linzer cookie cutters

How to make jam filled Linzer cookies

Prepare the cookie dough

  • We sift the flours and mix them with the butter, sugar, eggs and yeast in a bowl, and beat them until we get a homogeneous and smooth dough.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

We stretch with a roller

  • Divide the dough into two parts, sprinkle a little flour on the table and stretch with the help of a rolling pin until leaving a dough about 3 mm thick.
  • We do the same with the other portion of dough.
  • Here it is advisable to cool the dough again in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so that the dough is harder, so it will be easier to cut the cookies and the shapes come out well.

Cut the cookies with the cookie cutter

  • With the cookie cutters we cut out the cookies, half of them without a hole in the middle and the other half with a hole, since some will be the base and others the lid.

Bake and stuff

  • We put in the oven 10 minutes at 200ºC.
  • Once we take them out and let them cool, we pour icing sugar with a sieve into the cookies with holes.
  • Briefly heat the jam with a tablespoon of water, so that it mixes well and let it cool.
  • We spread the lower lid of the cookies with the jam of the flavor that we want. We will not add much jam because when we put the other part of the cookie on top it can overflow from the edges.

We fit the biscuits with holes on top of the biscuits covered with jam, pressing lightly, and we have the biscuits ready.

We fit the biscuits with holes on top of the biscuits covered with jam, pressing lightly, and we have the biscuits ready.

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