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Easy Linzer Cookies Recipe (6 Ingredients)

You’ll love these soft and buttery Linzer cookies filled with jam! This shortbread sandwich cookie is perfect for Christmas gifting or cookie exchanges. They only have six ingredients.

linzer cookies

I love baking cookies for cookie exchanges! Actually, let me correct myself.

I love baking cookies for cookie exchanges when: 1) I have enough time to make a more complicated cookie or 2) I have an easy and delicious recipe that I can do quickly.

I wish I were Mrs. Fields or a Keebler Elf, and I could come up with a unique cookie recipe at a moments notice, but I can’t.

I have to have that kind of stuff on hand.

If you’re like me, I think you’re going to like these linzer cookies! Actually I think you’re going to LOVE this recipe. Not only is it tasty, but there six ingredients. That means it’s really easy.

hand holding a linzer cookie

These linzer biscuits are soft and buttery shortbread cookies sandwiched together with jam and dusted with powdered sugar. They are very tasty but not too overwhelming or rich.

They are melt-in-the-mouth soft and decadent with light vanilla flavors. AND they are pretty, which I love.

If you’re showing up to a Christmas party with these, people will think you spent a lot longer on them than you did. We always like that, don’t we?

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom for the recipe.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get good quality butter and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. It doesn’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify. This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Look for Golden Edges

Unless the recipe says otherwise, the edges of the cookies should turn a golden brown while the center remains slightly soft. This balance ensures a chewy texture without overbaking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

strawberry linzer cookies

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your cookie baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these linzer cookies.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar) + 2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons strawberry jam (or more as required)

These taste great with any type of jam. My favorites are strawberry, raspberry, and apricot.

I used a snowflake-shaped cookie cutter for these linzers, but you can use any shape(s) you like. You can always do round with another shape inside. Mix it up!

You can fill the center of sandwich cookies with jam using a spoon or piping bag if it looks a bit empty or you missed spots.

linzer torte cookies

You can store these in an airtight container for 8-10 days at room temperature. The moisture in the jam will further soften the cookies when stored. So, if you want them to be a bit crisp, assemble them just before serving.

christmas linzer cookies

You can also freeze them in an airtight container for two-three months. Wrap in plastic and put them in an airtight container.

When you bring them out of the freezer, let them rise to room temperature naturally as opposed to microwaving.

shortbread linzer cookies

Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 20 cookies

Linzer Cookies

hand holding a linzer cookie

Discover the charm of Linzer cookies: a perfect blend of delicate almond flavors and sweet fruit jam. Learn how to bake these classic Austrian treats at home!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar + 2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons strawberry jam


Make the Cookies

  1. Place butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer on medium-high until creamy.Butter beat with a hand mixer in a glass bowl until creamy
  2. Add vanilla extract and beat again until everything is combined.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into the mixture and mix until just combined. Form the dough.adding the dry ingredients to the linzer dough
  4. Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins.linzer cookie dough in a bowl for the fridge
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line your baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and keep it aside.Preheating the oven
  6. Once chilled, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out star/snowflake shapes using a cookie cutter. Use a smaller snowflake-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the center of half of the cookies.cutting star shapes out of cookie dough
  7. Transfer the cookies carefully to the prepared baking tray. Bake the cookies until the edges start to brown about 8-10 minutes.Cut out stars from cookie dough on parchment paper
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then transfer them onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.Cut out star cookies on a baking sheet

Assemble the Cookies

  1. Place the cookies with the center cut out on a parchment paper lined surface and sift the confectioners sugar over the top.Baked linzer star cookies with confectioners sugar sprinkled on top
  2. Spread a teaspoon of jam on the bottom halves of each cookie (the cookies that do not have the center cut out).Jam added to the tops of the cookies
  3. Press gently the center cut, sugar-dusted cookies on top of the jam spread bottoms.


Transfer the whole star/snowflake cutouts to the baking sheet first and then cut out the stars in the center to ensure that the shape doesn’t distort while transferring.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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