Raspberry Linzer Cookies Recipe and Tutorial

raspberry linzer cookies

Raspberry Linzer cookies are some of the prettiest cookies around. Every year around the holidays I see them in magazines and online and I always tell myself I’m going to give them a try.

Well, this year I finally got around it. I found a well-reviewed recipe over at Allrecipes.com and I gave it whirl. The result? A new holiday tradition! I can see myself making at least one more batch pre-Christmas.

Raspberry Linzer cookies do require some time and effort – but they are so worth it! (I only wish I had some of my organic homemade raspberry jam left to fill them with.)

They would make superb wedding favors! They’d also be a lovely addition to your cookie table.

raspberry linzer cookies

Here is the recipe and tutorial for Raspberry Linzer cookies:


1 cup butter, softened
1  cup white sugar, divided
2 eggs, separated
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup ground almonds
1/2  cup raspberry preserves

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter.

Gradually add 2/3 cup white sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks, one at a time (keep the egg whites for later), beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into a ball; cover and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes or until firm.

On a surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar, roll half of the dough to 1/8-in. thickness (I made some of my 1/4 in for extra thick cookies). Note: When the dough first comes out of the fridge it might seem a bit hard and crumbly when you roll it. Don’t freak out like I did!!! It will become less crumbly as you work with it.

Cut with a cookie cutter of your choice.

Repeat with remaining dough, then place hole in center of each piece. (I used a vintage butter pat maker.)

Beat egg whites until frothy.

Brush each cookie (even the ones with the holes) with egg white.

Combine almonds and remaining sugar. Sprinkle all cookies with the almond mixture.

Place on greased baking sheets (I put mine on Silpat). Bake at 350 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Spread raspberry preserves over the middle of the plain side of solid cookies. Don’t go all the way to the edges or the jam will ooze out the sides. (This happened to me on the first few, but I gladly devoured the evidence.)

Sprinkle icing sugar on cookies with centers cut out. I used a sifter.

Place cookies with centers cut out, almond side up, on top of the preserves, making a sandwich.

Enjoy your gorgeous Raspberry Linzer cookies! (Don’t forget to save some for the holidays!)


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  1. Posted by Cheyenne on December 22nd, 2013 at 8:08pm

    Since some one stole all my recipes that my Mom had given me before she passed, I went online to find one similar. This recipe was a DISASTER to say the least. I followed the recipe word for word and never was even able to get it to form into a ball to put into the fridge. I thought I still would try working with it after it came out of the fridge. (trying to get it to form). NO WAY!!! It crumbled into a million pieces and there was no hope whatsoever for it. I fiinally tossed it in the trash since there was no alternative. It was a TOTAL WASTE OF BUTTER, EGGS, TIME ETC. Please don't even attempt this recipe. I have been baking for 50 yrs and never had this problem. All I can say is........AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Posted by Christina on December 22nd, 2013 at 8:31pm

    Sorry to hear you had trouble with this recipe. This recipe got rave reviews from Allrecipes. You can read the reviews here.

    As I mentioned in the tutorial, when the dough first comes out of the fridge it might seem a bit hard and crumbly when you roll it. It sounds like this is where you gave up. What you will find is that as you work with it, it will become less crumbly and easier to work with.
  3. Posted by Carina on December 29th, 2013 at 3:59am

    These were easy instructions to follow... I can't wait to make them! Thanks
  4. Posted by Elisa on December 16th, 2014 at 5:26pm

    Hi!! I just had yo say that is one of the best cookies recipe that i've tried... The taste is delicious and the consistency of the dough amazing to use all the types of cutter!! Thanks a lot for the recipe!

    Lots of love <3
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