Friday, February 14, 2014

Linzer Tart Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day!  Are you still looking for a cute sweet treat to make?  Today I'm sharing these Linzer Tart Cookies with you.  They would be a perfect ending to whatever type of meal you might be having!

Linzer Tart Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #linzertarts # valentinesday #cookies

This is my first time making these buttery and almond-y flavored cookies and I think I'm in love but shhhh don't tell the DIY Guy!  This day is supposed to be about him :)

I'm not sure why I decided to make these Linzer Tarts - I knew I wanted to share a Valentine's Day dessert with you.  I hadn't a clue what to try but one day I was walking through a new kitchen store that opened up in our town and saw a set of 6 cookie cutters made especially for making these tarts.  And the first one I saw was the heart - that had me sold!

The dough is very buttery and needs to be refrigerated for about 2 hours before you can work with it.  I followed the directions but I found that when I tried to move the cut-out to my cookie sheet, it was getting out of shape and hard to work with....  so I put on my thinking cap and decided to cut squares of parchment paper and roll them out on it, then cut them out, and move the entire paper to my cookie sheet.  That worked like a charm!  Remember you heard it first here folks!!  And for the top cookie, I cut a square out of the parchment paper so when I cut the heart out (oh that sounds cruel), if it didn't come out with the cutter, it stayed behind on the counter.  Then again I moved the paper to the cookie sheet.  Yep, it was a bit putzy but all my cookies were perfectly shaped and that made me happy!

Linzer Tarts

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 15 minutes plus chilling time
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Yield about 20 cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 sticks soft butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Combine the flour and almonds and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy then add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Add flour mixture just until it is incorporated.
  4. Divide dough in half; press into a small disc; cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate about 2 hours or until it becomes firm enough to roll.
  5. Preheat oven to 350.
  6. Cut 20 parchment paper squares that are 3x3 inches.
  7. Take a small piece of dough and roll it about 1/8" on the parchment paper; using a 2" cookie cutter cut the dough; remove the extra dough (reuse) and place the paper on a cookie sheets. Do this for the first disc of dough.
  8. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until light brown; cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes then remove paper squares onto a wire rack and let cool completely. These are the bottom of the cookies.
  9. For the tops cut another 20 squares and then cut a square hole in the paper that is as wide as the 2nd small cookie cutter. Take a small piece of dough and roll again about 1/8" thick on the paper. Take the smaller cookie cutter, center and push on the dough. Lift up the cutter - the dough will either stay stuck in the cutter or when you lift the paper it will stay behind on your rolling surface. (reuse dough) Bake same as above an cooling as directed.
  10. I bought special cookies cutters made especially for linzer tarts; you can find these in almost any stores or buy 2 cutters - a 2" round or scalloped shape and a small one to cut the center out.
  11. When cookie are cool, spread about 1 teaspoon jam on cookie bottom then add a top
  12. Sift powdered sugar over top
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I made these cookies for us last weekend so the DIY Guy did get to taste them.  He thought they were very good!

Linzer Tart Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #linzertarts #valentinesday #cookies

I know I will make these again and use that same method.  I even saved the papers!  And if you wanted to instead of the raspberry, you might want to try apricot or strawberry filling or come up with something on your own...  Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!

Linzer Tarts | Cooking on the Front Burner

Also, yesterday was my 3rd year blog anniversary - click over to the link to enter a fun giveaway! (CLOSED)


  1. Can you send me some of these in the mail? Haha! They look so yummy! #sitsblogging

  2. Wow, these cookies look incredible Deb! You did a great job for your first time making them - the heart shapes are perfect for Valentine's Day and love the buttery texture! Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Delicious and so pretty!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  4. These cookies look wonderful Deb! Perfect for the day! And those cookie cutters must be so lovely too!
    Thanks for the tip, I will be using it in the near future ;--)
    And happy blogiversary! <3

  5. Hi Deb! These cookies are beautiful! I love these cookies, though I've yet to try and make them for myself! Yours are picture perfect! And what a great tip about cutting out the squares of parchment. I know that idea will come in handy many times in my baking future! Wishing you a lovely Valentine's Day!

  6. Happy Blogaversary! What a wonderful celebration. These cookies look delicious. I have a Linzer cookie cutter, but have never tried it. I am so glad you shared your great tips, I will be ahead of the game when I finally make some! I am here from #SITSBlogging!

  7. These are so cute! And they look absolutely perfect!

  8. Deb, I LOVE Linzer cookies and these are just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and stunning photos - pinning of course! Have a wonderful Saturday!

  9. Deb, Lintzer Tarts are a favorite in my family. Who can resist the buttery taste! I'll have to try your recipe with the ground almonds. I'm sure DIY guy loved these! Pinning!

  10. Though Valentine's day has now passed, these still look delicious and oh-so-cute, and would be perfect any day to give to someone special. I'll definitely be giving these a try! Thanks for the post! #SITSBlogging

  11. I can't believe this is the first time you've made these... it looks as though you've been making these for years! Simply gorgeous!

  12. These cookies look absolutely PERFECT !!
    Your baking is superbe

  13. Your cookies are awesome! thanks for the recipe!

  14. These look wonderful.....I am baking them this Sunday, having friends over for lunch!
    My first visit, found you at RattleBridge Farm link up...will be back!

  15. You had me with buttery and almondy. I think I might replace the vanilla with some almond extract for a little extra kick. Thank you for sharing this on Foodie Friday!

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  17. Deb,
    These look delicious! I love jam-filled cookies. I love your tip about refrigerated cookie dough. My go-to sugar cookie recipes requires no refrigeration, but I'm working on a chocolate cut out cookie recipe, and it requires refrigeration. And after some trial and error, I've also found that rolling the dough out into sheets and chilling them that way works like a charm! Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Deb - these are beautiful cookies! I've never made a Linzer before but I would love to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing on Saturday Night Fever - pinned! I sure hope you'll come back tomorrow and link up again!

  19. Great tip with the parchment paper! :) Such beautiful cookies, Deb!

  20. I've always wanted to try cookies like this. They're gorgeous!

  21. SUCH pretty cookies. They are perfect!

  22. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever. I love Linzer cookies, these look perfect! I would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Have a great day! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  23. I love linzer cookies and always buy them when I'm at any European bakery. These cookies of your look beautiful. I printed the recipe and I'll definitely be making them. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  24. These look wonderful. I have always wanted to try them. Pinning.

  25. these cookies are so pretty! I have a linzer cutter set, but I needed a recipe for the cookies - I think I'll try yours :)

  26. I love linzer tarts, and these look absolutely perfect! Happy 3rd blog birthday! :-) Sadly, I am a no reply blogger and I have been meaning to get my tech person(my brother) on changing that! I would love for you to stop by and say hello if you are ever in my blog neighborhood! :-)
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

  27. Hi Deb!!! How lovely cookies! They look delicious! Happy blog anniversary! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  28. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe at The Pin Junkie! It's part of today's Valentine dessert roundup!

  29. Where is the ending of recipe? You stopped after baking the cookies :(


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