The Perfect Bite :: Linzer Cookies

By Jess Simpson

Linzer Cookies Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Jess here, and suffice it to say, I do not take Valentine’s Day lightly. Today I’m dressed head-to-toe in red and pink and more than ready to get my sugar high on. No matter where you stand on this heart-filled holiday, Valentine’s Day is here and we might as well embrace it… and if you’re like me, cookies are the best way to do it. I adore these Linzers and their buttery shortbread sandwiched together with a sweet layer of jam. While they look delicate and a tad complicated, they really couldn’t be easier.

Linzer Cookies Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Linzer Cookies

*adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup good raspberry (or preferred fruit jam) preserves
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350? degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter. With 1/2 of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a heart or spade shaped cutter. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners’ sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confectioners’ sugar on the top.

Comments (17)

  1. Sarah [Sarah The Architect] says:

    These are so pretty!! Perfect for today’s festivities.

    1. Jess says:

      Thanks, Sarah! There’s nothing better than a dessert that turns out pretty and is REALLY pretty simple! 😉

  2. Leah // Freutcake says:

    Simply perfect for today!

    1. Jess says:

      Thanks, sweet friend! Happy Valentines Day to you!

  3. Krisztina Williams says:

    Such cute cookies.:) And I agree, we should embrace the holiday!

    1. Jess says:

      Glad to hear you’re in the heart-loving-club, too! Happy Valentine’s Day, Krisztina! xo

  4. Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. says:

    These are real beauties, Jess! Happy Valentine’s Day!


    1. Jess says:

      Thank you, Ashley! I hope you have an extra-special Valentine’s Day, too! xo

  5. Alejandra says:

    Another one of my favorites!

  6. Mel says:

    I must have measured something incorrectly because my dough was too dry, it never came together. Despite the 3 sticks of butter!

  7. Bonnie says:

    I mixed everything the way you put it in the recipe, but my dough never came together no matter how I tried had to throw it all away. What went wrong?

  8. Tammy says:

    It took me awhile to get my dough to stay together. Be patient and keep kneading til it forms into a ball. My cookies were too dark. I think 12 min would have been perfect. They were very tasty!

  9. K says:

    Don’t waste your time on this recipe, it doesn’t work. Dough was very dry and crumbly and never would form into solid dough (as other comments have noted). I suggest googling the recipe, King Arthur flour’s website has a much better version.

    1. julie says:

      I just made the cookies as directed by the recipe and they came out wonderfully. My family hosted a Slovakian exchange student a few years ago. She made these for us and we loved them. I have been looking for the recipe ever since. These taste just like hers. love them

  10. Marilyn Nathan says:

    How do I get a copy of this delicious sounding cookie recipe?

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