Linzer Heart Cookies Recipe
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Linzer Heart Cookies Recipe

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This specialty cookie takes a little extra effort, but the delectable results are well worth it. I bake the tender jam-filled hearts when I need something fancy to serve for Valentine's Day or other special occasions. —Jane Pearcy, Verona, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • Raspberry jam
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 163 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in almonds. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. From the center of half the cookies, cut out a 1-1/2-in. heart or round shape.
  3. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. Spread 1/2 teaspoon jam over the bottom of the solid cookies. Sprinkle cutout cookies with confectioners' sugar; carefully place over jam. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Linzer Heart Cookies in Country Woman January/February 2003, p33

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Jennerick User ID: 6487252 261964
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2017

"I made these cookies for Valentines and everyone loved them!"

Mrs.Buckout User ID: 4521814 89644
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"I also made these and they were a big hit among the family! You can also fill them with chocolate for now puree lovers"

actlawr1 User ID: 4360951 84328
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"This little cookie has become a family favorite.I just made 10 dozen with my homemade raspberry jelly for a wedding ,and everyone enjoyed them emensely."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 54307
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"It does take some effort to make these cookies, but they come out beautiful! This is actually the first cut out cookie recipe I have gotten to work. They are just as pretty as the picture. The flavor reminds me a little of a gingerbread man, but with raspberry jam. They will be a new Valentine's Day tradition. I can't wait to see what my coworkers think! Thank you for the idea. They were fun making and can't wait to make them again."

xicota User ID: 944314 137508
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"I forgot to mention that I made mini-sandwich cookies out of the heart-shaped center cut-outs, using the raspberry preserves in the middle of two cut-outs."

xicota User ID: 944314 125331
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"These cookies do take a bit of work, but I think they would be very nice "special occasion" cookies. The dough is quite soft, so I had to roll it and cut it in small batches. I had only a 4-inch heart cookie cutter and a 1 and 1/2-inch cutter for the center, so these cookies were large. I wondered whether the small amount of baking cocoa would be noticeable---it did provide a delicate hint of chocolate flavor. My cookies were too thin at 1/8-inch to transfer to the baking sheet without tearing, so I opted for 1/4-inch thickness. I wrapped the cookies individually, and will serve them tomorrow. I'm thinking they might be a little softer by waiting a day. The cookies really look lovely--just like in the photo!"

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