Named after the jam-filled linzertorte that inspired them, these beautiful heart-shaped cookies are ideal for a wedding dessert buffet, Valentine's Day, or any romantic occasion. Apricot, strawberry, or cherry jam can be substituted for the seedless raspberry jam in this recipe.
I've been making this recipe every Christmas for about 5 years now, and it is without a doubt my family's favorite Christmas cookie! I substitute almonds for the hazelnuts and usually use blackberry jam, and while the dough can be a little tricky to work with, it is definitely manageable. I'm pretty sure that's just the nature of any dough for this kind of cookie. These are the perfect linzer cookies - flavorful, buttery, and delicious! Highly recommend!
Rating: 4 stars
We found the dough very wet as the above reviewer states. However, we put the dough in the freezer overnight and defrosted for 3 hours in the fridge, cutting off small pieces of dough and rolling so that the dough kept cold. This way the dough was not sticky. These are lovely biscuits and it is worth all the hassle.
The dough for this recipe didn't work very well. I used almonds instead if hazelnuts, but I didn't think that would cause the issue. The dough broke apart easily, and baked unevenly. I think the cookies came out ok in the end, but I kept checking the recipe to see if I'd forgotten something because it was not acting like it should have. Freezing it helped, and I ended up rolling out small chunks so I could keep the dough as hard as possible.