Holiday cookies are like edible art. Especially these beautiful, delicate Holiday Linzer Cookies! Linzer cookies originated in Austria and they are perfect for any holiday or special occasion and are almost too pretty to eat…almost…
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This Stunning Recipe Is Shared by Jovial Foods:
I switched to gluten free living about five months ago and I have not missed gluten at all because there are so many great options these days! Of course this recipe is perfection when made with regular all purpose or einkorn flour, but if gluten free living is your thang, you don’t have to sacrifice taste or texture. I use Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour, because it’s the best for baking and works perfectly for these delicate cookies. It’s also soaked for easy digestion!
Baby Showers, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or Thanksgiving These Cookies Work
You can roll out this recipe (see what I did there?) any time you have a celebration: baby or wedding showers, holidays, office parties etc. These cookies are always a favorite and the first to disappear!
Change the Cut Out Depending On the Occasion:
You need two cookie cutters for these cookies. A 2″ fluted cookie cutter for the top and bottom cookies and then another 1″ cookie cutter for the top cookie.
Depending on the occasion you can use a mini heart cookie cutter, a mini flower, circle, star etc…for the “top cookie”.
Simply spoon your favorite preserves onto the bottom cookie, place the cut out cookie on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar!
Beautiful holiday cookies that look like they are lightly dusted with snow.
Tips for “Cutting In” Butter:
If you aren’t familiar with the term “cutting in” butter I can help you out. It’s a technique used whenever you want a flaky result and is often used in cookies or pie crust (<—click for pictures) Butter should be chilled or frozen and cut into small cubes, then tossed in flour and ‘cut in’ with a pasty blender. But you can also use two knives, or even finger tips, creating pea sized bits of butter in the dough that melt into pools of flakiness when baked!
The Recipe: Holiday Linzer Cookies
What you need: 2″ fluted cookie cutters and mini heart cookie cutter, a mini flower, or circle, star etc…for the “top cookie” and a rolling pin. For “cutting in” butter you can use a pasty blender (see tips above) Unbleached parchment is recommended for rolling dough.
Sweet, delicate little cookies with a cut out you can switch up depending on the occasion.
- 2¼ cups all purpose, gluten free or einkorn flour I use Jovial Gluten free baking flour
- 1/4 cup white rice flour
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup granulated organic sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 12 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" cubes
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 12 ounce jar raspberry preserves or any flavor you prefer
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl combine the flours, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is sandy. Add the egg and knead in the bowl until the dough is smooth. (if you don't have a pastry blender, use two knives to 'cut in' butter or even your finger tips to form pea sized bits of butter in the flour.
Knead the dough allowing the warmth of your hands to soften the butter. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Place the first piece of dough in between two pieces of parchment paper, dusting the paper and the top of the dough lightly with flour. Roll the dough to ⅛-inch thick. Using a 2” fluted cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Half of the round will be the base of the cookies. To make the tops, use a 1” cookie cutter to cut out the centers from half of the rounds.Transfer cookies to the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Gather the scraps into a ball, chill for 10 minutes, then roll out again and proceed in cutting equal numbers of bases and tops.
Bake for 12 minutes until the edges begin to brown slightly. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Continue in the same manner with the remaining piece of dough.
Before serving, spread 1 teaspoon of preserves on the cookie bases. Dust the top of the tops with powdered sugar and place on top of the preserves. Serve immediately.
The unfilled cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days and filled as needed.
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A classic cookie…looks So amazing Linda! I want to find a Christmas tree cut out to make them!!
Thanks Tessa! A Christmas tree would be adorable.
These look adorable and somewhat simple (a necessity for me!) perfect for Christmas time!
I am sure you can handle it!
I love Jovial Foods flour AND their pasta. Always have it on hand, so I’ll need to try these! So perfect for this time of year.
It’s the best!
How mutch is 12 tablespoons of butter?
Are you asking for a conversion to sticks? Or cups? One stick is 8 tablespoons so it would be 1 and 1/2 sticks, or 3/4 cups.
These are absolutely precious! My girls will love these pretty cookies! Thank you for the GF option – I appreciate it!
I LOVE these cookies! They’re so pretty and festive for the holidays. How perfect and adorable is that little heart too?!
I appreciate the different flour options you give. Linda, these are too/so pretty! Your lighting in each photo is just lovely. Aw, the holidays, such a calming, inspiring, happy, family time. Your cookies say all that.
I wish I could take credit but these are Jovial’s photos…but I did enhance them a bit;)
Linda-these are just so cute and perfect! I have to make them for this holiday season. Love that you included a gluten free version!
They look so delicious and gorgeous looking, too!
These are so cute! Perfect for Christmas with kids.
Thanks for the recipe! This is exactly the type of cookie recipe I was looking for, and I love how much more healthy your version is than a lot of the others I’ve been finding! Can’t wait to try this!
These are simply gorgeous Linda! Perfect for Christmas or any occasion really!
I used 1 cup of Almond flour and omitted the rice flour because I am using a rice flour blend.
The dough is amazing to work with!!
Thank so much for sharing this recipe
Fabulous! I am so glad to hear to you loved it. There is definitely a learning curve with GF dough. Thanks so much for your comment!
The dough did not come together for me. I couldn’t even form it into discs. I tried adding some milk to it as the mixture was significantly dry, but it hardly made a difference. I had much more success using another recipe in which the butter was softened and the amount of flour was reduced.
I am sorry Natalie! This is the Jovial Foods recipe, not my own so I honestly don’t have any advice.
Hi natalie, see the tips above that Nicole provided. That might help if you ever decide to try again.
I made these cookies for Christmas and they turned out amazing! I used an all purpose gluten-free flour, along with the white rice and almond flour. The dough just needed a lot of “heat” from my hands and kneading before it came together. As well, when I took it out from the fridge I had to let it warm up quite a bit before I could roll it out (I blame my weak arms!). But once rolled out, I was able to cookie-cut the pieces easily. The dough cooked up beautifully. I couldn’t be happier!
Thanks so much Nicole! I really appreciate your tips for working the dough!