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

*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.

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Comments (17)
  1. 1
    Sarah [Sarah The Architect] February 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

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

    • Jess February 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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

  2. 2
    Leah // Freutcake February 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Simply perfect for today!

    • Jess February 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, sweet friend! Happy Valentines Day to you!

  3. 3
    Krisztina Williams February 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

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

    • Jess February 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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

  4. 4
    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. February 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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


    • Jess February 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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

  5. 5
    Alejandra February 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Another one of my favorites!

  6. 6
    Mel February 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

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

  7. 7
    Bonnie September 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

    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. 8
    Tammy December 19, 2014 at 6:05 am

    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. 9
    K December 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    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.

    • julie September 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      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. 10
    Marilyn Nathan August 1, 2019 at 8:54 am

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



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