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Raspberry Linzer Cookies

These wonderful cookies require a bit of extra effort to make and assemble, but the delight on the faces of family and friends when I serve them makes it all worthwhile. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry or apricot preserves

Directions

  • Cream butter, gradually adding 2/3 cup sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into a ball; cover and refrigerate until firm, 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a surface dusted with confectioners' sugar, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Using a floured 1-in. cookie cutter, cut out centers of half of the cookies.
  • Beat egg whites until frothy. Mix almonds and remaining sugar. Brush cookies with egg whites; sprinkle with almond mixture. Bake solid and window cookies 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread 2 teaspoons raspberry preserves over the bottoms of solid cookies. Top with window cookies, almond side up.

  • Editor’s Note: For variety, substitute your favorite preserves in place of raspberry or apricot.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 209 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Sandra
    Dec 26, 2018

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  • Donna
    Dec 23, 2018

    These cookies are delicious! The almond/sugar mixture gave them a crumbly topping texture that melts in your mouth. I made them with my daughter after making a different Linzer cookie recipe for the past few years at Christmas time. These are a family favorite and we will be making them again next Christmas.

  • Terry
    Dec 8, 2017

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  • LeslieH
    Dec 9, 2016

    A tasty recipe, but not sure I would make again. Very labour intensive and a recipe that wasted ingredients. I found that the cookies stuck occasionally, especially the tops which broke and I ended up not using. I also had a lot of the almond sugar mix left. Very disappointed.

  • mistylane
    Dec 21, 2014

    Tried these cookies for Thanksgiving, and they were fantastic. I'm making them again for Christmas after dinner treats. I doubt they will last until dinner is done. The entire family is asking for more. These cookies will become a holiday staple. If anyone has a problem rolling out the dough, try rolling it with a piece of plastic wrap over the dough, and don't roll the dough too thin. These delicious cookies are worth the extra effort. Good Luck!

  • Cincoe
    Dec 3, 2013

    Fantastic easy recipe.. I love these cookies and this recipe is easy to put together..

  • Elizabeth0085
    Apr 14, 2011

    My mom started making these cookies when I was a little girl, when they first came out in Taste of Home. They are awesome! This year I was making them, but short on time, so instead of doing cut-outs, I rolled them into balls and then in the egg mixture and the nut mixture, put a dent in the center (like a jam thumb-print) and baked them. When they came out of the oven I put the jam in the center. My husband and I agreed that we like them better this way! Great Recipe!

  • imschmarte
    Jun 24, 2010

    These were extremely hard to make, dough was very hard to work with. Maybe it was me, (I followed the recipe exactly), but mine turned out hard, and I ended up throwing them out. Will try them again, but I am going to use a different dough recipe I have.

  • Julie_Anne
    Dec 24, 2006

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