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Christmas Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

These linzer cookies are a simple shortbread cookie recipe, filled with delicious raspberry jam. They definitely make a statement with the peekaboo cutout, and they will be a hit whenever you serve them! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup italian raspberry jam
  • Extra flour to roll out the dough
  • Extra icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together butter, icing sugar, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. This may take a bit – at least 3 minutes. Continuing with the stand mixer, add flour to the mixture until just combined. At this point, a ball of dough will begin to form.

  2. Remove dough from stand mixer, and knead with your hands until a full ball forms, about 1 minute. Wrap in plastic wrap, and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the dough to harden so it’s easier to roll out.

  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin, adding extra flour to your rolling surface and rolling pin if dough begins to stick. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.

  4. Using 3 inch circle cookie cutter, cut out circle shapes, rerolling and cutting scraps.

  5. Using 1 1/2 inch Christmas cookie cutter, cut out shape in center of half of the circle cookies.

  6. Arrange whole and cutout cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet.

  7. Bake on top and bottom racks, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until edges are light golden, about 15-20 minutes.

  8. Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool.

  9. Spread jam over bottom of each whole cookie. Dust icing sugar over cutout cookies. Place on cookie with jam filling, sugar side up.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure the butter is at room temperature, or else it won't mix well. 
  • Ensure the flour is sifted before mixing, or else the dough won't come together. 
  • You can use any cookie cutter shape you would like for the center cutout. I used a Christmas tree, but a candy cane or a star would be cute too. 
  • Try to work quickly when rolling out the dough, and cutting it with the cookie cutters, because it tends to melt since the butter content is so high. Add more flour if needed.
  • You can use any flavoured jam you'd like for these cookies. I used raspberry jam, but you can easily use strawberry, orange, fig, cherry, apricot...anything really!