Raspberry Linzer Cookies are the perfect balance of shortbread cookies and bright raspberry filling! They’re not overly sweet and make the perfect edible gift for your loved ones during the festive season or even valentine’s day!
These scrumptious cookies aren’t just super cute, they’re easy to make too! The dough comes together in a jiffy and before you know it, you’re baking, sandwiching and gifting. People will be asking for the recipe as soon as they take their first bite into the buttery shortbread with delicious raspberry filling. By the way, the filling options are endless!
I used Raspberry Sauce for mine, and I have a great recipe here if you want to give it a go. The best thing about making your own filling is you can control the sugar levels so that your cookies aren’t too sweet.
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What are Raspberry Linzer Cookies?
I make these cookies at Christmas time and gift hem to friends, and they absolutely love them. They could not have raved more about them. So I’d have to say my favorite thing, apart from how delicious and fun to make they are is how much people really love the! But let’s break down the other things that I love about them!
- Shortbread cookie – the beauty about this shortbread cookie is that it’s so quick and easy to make. It comes together with ingredients you already have and my favorite thing is adding a little orange zest which helps brighten up the flavors. What you’re left with is a perfectly butter and spiced shortbread cookie that bakes perfectly golden and holds its shape.
- Fillings – the filling options are endless (list below) but I opted in for my Raspberry Sauce recipe which is not too sweet which makes these cookies so much more enjoyable!
Other fillings you can use!
Some of my favorites include
- Orange jam
- Melted chocolate
- White chocolate
- Raspberry Jam
Ingredients You Need To Make Raspberry Linzer Cookies
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All-purpose flour – also known as plain flour.
Cinnamon – I used ground cinnamon.
Nutmeg – you can use pre-ground, but fresh is way better.
Cloves – I used ground.
Baking powder – this helps lighten the cookies up a little.
Salt -I used fine salt.
Butter – make sure it’s softened. Unsalted too.
Caster sugar – also known as superfine sugar. You can use granulated sugar, but caster sugar results in a nicer cookie crumb.
Eggs – I used large eggs for this recipe. Using an egg yolk helps make these cookies a little more rich in flavor
Orange – I added some zested orange in there for some added flavors. Totally optional but worth it.
Powdered sugar – also known as icing sugar. This is used to make the cookies look even more decorative on top.
Fillings – I used raspberry jam but Nutella is a great alternative too!
How to make Raspberry Linzer Cookies!
- Combine the dry ingredients together.
- Cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add the eggs and mix.
- Add the orange zest and mix.
- Add half the flour mixture and mix
- Then add the remaining and repeat.
- Split the dough in half.
- Roll out in between baking paper. Chill for 30 minutes.
- Cut out cookies.
- Cut shapes in half of the cookies.
- Bake for 8 minutes until golden. Allow to cool.
- Dust half the cookies with powdered sugar.
- Add raspberry sauce on half the cookies.
- Sandwich the cookies.
Tips and Tricks For Recipe Success!
- Rolling out excess dough helps you get even more cookies!
- Use fun mini cookie cutters to get cute little cut outs in your cookie tops.
- Dust your cookies before sandwiching them together so they don’t cover your jam window!
- Make sure you don’t skip chilling the dough. It makes cutting the cookies out so much easier!
- To avoid dry cookies, make sure you measure your flour using kitchen scales.
- Transfer your cut out cookies using an offset spatula. So much easier to do!
- Make sure you let your cookies cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar otherwise the warm cookies will cause the powdered sugar to melt.
Frequently Asked Questions about Raspberry Linzer Cookies
What do they taste like?
These are little shortbread cookies. But unlike shortbread cookies, once they’ve been sandwiched with jam, (any flavor you like) they soften after a day or two. So they’re like a melt in your mouth sweet but jammy cookie experience.
How do I store this?
Store them in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in a cool dry place.
How to stop Linzer cookies from getting soggy
Make them the day you serve them! Honestly though, they don’t get soggy, they just soften and in my opinion, get even more delicious
Can you freeze these cookies?
Yep! Put the finished cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. You can even freeze the dough by wrapping it tightly in
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- 2 3/4 cups (415 g) all-purpose flour spoon and leveled
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup (250 g) unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cup (160 g) caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 large egg
- 1 orange zested
- powdered sugar to dust
- 1/2 batch raspberry sauce see notes
Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]
- To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder and salt. Use a whisk to mix.
- To a sperate bowl, add the softened butter and sugar and use a spatula to mix until creamed. About 2 minutes of mixing. Add the vanilla extract, egg yolk and egg and mix until well combined. Then add half the flour mixture and mix using the spatula. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until a dough forms. Split the dough into two and shape into balls.
- Lay out a large piece of baking paper on your workbench and place half the dough on top. Place half the baking sheet over the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. Place on a baking tray and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 175°C / 350°F. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you can. Transfer to a baking paper lined baking sheet using a small spatula. This recipe makes 20 cookies (40 cookie halves) if you continue rolling out the dough and cutting it. Use a small cookie cutter in any shape you like to cut middles out of half the cookies. These will be the tops of your cookies.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until the outside of the cookies are golden. Continue doing this until all cookies are baked.
- Place the cooled down cookies with a hole cut out on a cooling rack with a baking tray underneath. Dust them with powdered sugar.
- Pipe the raspberry sauce or jam (see notes) on the other cookie halves and place the dusted cookies on top to finish. If using raspberry jam, add more in the cookie tops to fill the shape.