Linzer cookies are a biscuit form of the Austrian linzertorte, a Christmastime treat named after the city of Linz, Austria. They are biscuit sandwiches with a scrumptious jam filling seen through a sweet window of any cut out shape you like, in the top biscuit of the sandwich. Lovely biscuits for afternoon teatime or elevenses.
They are a gorgeous treat! Made it a few times already and just can't get enough of it! Kids and neighbours love it too! When its left overnight the texture gets soft and crumbly. Just to die for! - 28 Nov 2015
I made these for a tea party, they were absolutely delicious. I used a little buttercream as well as the jam. Lemon curd also worked nicely with it. - 22 Jun 2015
This is a good basic recipe for linzer cookies. I suggest the following adjustments for best results: 1. refrigerate dough overnight if possible, or at least 4 hours, since it might otherwise crumble. 2. Use a mixture of ground nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts and pecans) for a more wholesome flavor. 3. When the tops are cooled, dust them with powdered sugar. Don't do it after assembling! This way the sugar doesn't cover the cut out center. 4. You must heat the rasberry jam (which means you need an entire jar because it reduces.) Simmer until thick and then spread on you cookie. This will prevent the tops from sliding off. When you heat the jam, it gets gluey, and yields a nice chewy consistency when the cookie is cooled. Very yummy! - 17 Dec 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)