Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Jam. Looking for the perfect Valentines Day cookie? This is the best Linzer cookie recipe, and I promise that you will not be disappointed. These heart shaped cookies are soft, buttery, and packed with flavor. The strawberry jam filling is perfect for Valentine's Day cookies but you can use any flavor jam or fruit preserve that you want!
There’s a reason why butter cookies with shortbread textures are so popular. They have a crispy outer crunch that literally melts in your mouth. One bite of these Linzer cookies, and you’re going to be hooked and ready for more. Good thing you can grab and hold one in each hand to enjoy!
Why are they called Linzer Cookies?
Linzer cookies are derived from an Austrian dessert called the Linzertorte. This dessert is made from a butter dough pressed into a tart, filled with jam, and then topped with a lattice crust.
Linzer cookies are basically mini cookie versions of that. They’re small buttery cookies filled with jam and then topped with another buttery cookie! (because two is always better than one!)
Top Reasons To Make Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Jam
- They’re sweet, warm, and nutty because of the almond flour and cinnamon mixture
- Every bite literally melts in your mouth!
- Topped with powdered sugar, they’re the perfect sweetness
Variations for Shortbread Linzer Cookies
Change up the jam flavoring - You can use any type of berry jam or fruit spread that you love. Strawberry is popular, but raspberry Linzer cookies sound pretty amazing, too!
Leave off the powdered sugar - If you want to have a less sweet cookie, just leave off the powdered sugar.
Add rum - Yes, rum! If you want to add a splash of rum to your jam, it really pops the flavor! (This won’t work on preserves, so make sure you do this only to jam!)
Ingredients Needed To Make Linzer Heart Cookies
For the full printable recipe and ingredients, make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post. (Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss this!)
- Almond flour
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Salted butter
- Strawberry Jam
- Confectioners sugar for sprinkling
Tips for Making Almond Flour Linzer Cookies
- Toast your almond flour. This brings out the natural oils in the almonds creating a depth of flavor. Keep an eye on it because it burns easily. Leave it in long enough to see your flour turn slightly golden in color and until you can smell the scents of almond!
- Let your dough rest/chill. This helps your dough hold its shape in the oven. The second freeze is also highly recommended because after you handle your dough and roll it out, you warm it up again slightly. So the second chill helps chill your butter back up again. Resting your dough and chilling your butter also creates a more tender and soft cookie texture…. you won’t regret it!
- Use a cookie cutter. To create these cut out shapes I used a small biscuit cutter for the circle cuts and a small heart shaped cookie cutter for the top center cuts. You can do any shapes you like. Get creative! They can be so beautiful!
- Don’t skimp on the jam! I use a high-quality store bought jam. You can also make your own but don’t skimp on this because it’s the star of your show.
When you’re ready to bake these cookies in the oven, enjoy the smells of cinnamon, almond, and butter in the air! You’re going to love how fruity, warm, buttery yet crisp they are. These cookies are super simple and GORGEOUS!
How do you keep Linzer cookies from getting soggy?
The key to keeping the Linzer cookies crisp is that you want to keep them small while you’re making them. This allows for a smaller surface for the jam to be in, which means it won’t make the entire cookie soggy.
Can you toast almond flour?
What makes this the best Linzer cookie recipe is that I ALWAYS toast my almond flour when I am baking with it. This is key!
What flavors pair well with strawberry?
The notes of cinnamon go absolutely perfect with strawberry jam, but you can also replace the cinnamon with lemon zest for a more citrusy cookie that would be perfect for the warmer months.
Should Linzer cookies be refrigerated?
These butter cookies don’t have to be stored in the fridge, but you can if you want. The key is to have them in an airtight container. Keeping the air out will keep them crisp for as long as possible.
Do Linzer cookies freeze well?
They do! Since this makes a large batch of homemade Linzer cookies, why not freeze some for later? The best way to freeze these simple cookies is to freeze them before adding in a jam. Then, when you’re ready to unthaw and enjoy, you can add in a jam and eat!
Can you freeze Linzer cookie dough?
The best way to save Linzer tarts is to freeze them after they’ve been baked.
Are Linzer Cookies considered a Christmas cookie or Valentine's Day cookie?
The best part about Linzer cookies is how versatile the recipe is! You can make these butter cookies for any occasion or holiday. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter for a delicious Valentine's Day treat or use a Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter for the perfect Christmas cookie!
If you are looking for more ideas for Valentine's Day desserts, try out a few of my red velvet recipes below:
Lastly, if you try out these Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Jam, be sure to leave a comment/rating on how they turned out. I love hearing from you guys and will try my best to reply to every comment! And don't forget to tag me on Instagram!
Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Jam
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup salted butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup strawberry Jam
- confectioners sugar for sprinkling
- Toast your almond flour at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl combine your butter and sugar. Then add your egg and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl combine your flour, almond flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- combine your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients.
- Let your dough rest and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out your dough to about ½ inch thick. Then using a small biscuit cutter cut out multiple circles. Then in half of those circles; use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts in the center of the circles. Roll out the remaining dough scraps and repeat.
- Transfer your cookies to a cookie sheet using a spatula. Place all of the bottom cookies on one cookie sheet and all the tops on another. Then place in freezer for 15 minutes to chill again. Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees F
- Bake the cookies. Bake the bottom cookies for 10 minutes and the top cookies for 8 minutes.
- Let cookies cool completely. Then take the bottom cookies and spread the strawberry preserves on one side of each one. Then take the top cookies and sift some powdered sugar on one side of each one. Place the top cookies on top of the bottom cookies.