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!
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!
I made these cookies for us last weekend so the DIY Guy did get to taste them. He thought they were very good!
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 Tart Cookies
A light cookie with raspberry filling
- 2 cups flour
- 2 sticks soft butter
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ⅔ cup finely ground almonds
- ½ cup seedless raspberry jam
- 1 egg
- Powdered sugar
- Combine the flour and almonds and set aside.
- In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy then add egg and vanilla; mix well.
- Add flour mixture just until it is incorporated.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- 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.
- 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 ⅛″ 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.
- 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.
- When cookie are cool, spread about 1 teaspoon jam on cookie bottom then add a top
- Sift powdered sugar over top
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 20
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information provided is computer-generated and only an estimate. You may want to do your own research with the ingredients listed if you have concerns about health or specific diets.
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Prototype Mama says
Can you send me some of these in the mail? Haha! They look so yummy! #sitsblogging
Kelly LifemadeSweeter says
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!
Lulu G says
Delicious and so pretty!
Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo
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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!
Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
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
Lilli @ Sugar and Cinnamon says
These are so cute! And they look absolutely perfect!
Cynthia Landrie says
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!
Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration says
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!
Joan Defino says
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!
denise dunton says
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
Gloria @ Simply Gloria says
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!
These cookies look absolutely PERFECT !!
Your baking is superbe
Shamene Medeiros says
Your cookies are awesome! thanks for the recipe!
[email protected] says
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!
Aida Arain says
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!
Adelina Priddis says
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!
Jen Nikolaus says
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!
Jamie Sherman says
Great tip with the parchment paper! 🙂 Such beautiful cookies, Deb!
Lizzy T says
I've always wanted to try cookies like this. They're gorgeous!
Cathy Trochelman says
SUCH pretty cookies. They are perfect!
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! [email protected] in Pyjamas
Lilly's Mom says
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.
MaryEllen Stringham says
These look wonderful. I have always wanted to try them. Pinning.
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 🙂
Cathy McInnes says
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
Ana Lopes says
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
The Pin Junkie says
Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe at The Pin Junkie! It's part of today's Valentine dessert roundup!
sharon leary says
Where is the ending of recipe? You stopped after baking the cookies 🙁