Add Linzer Cookies to your Holiday Baking List

December 19th, 2010 by Paula Ivancicts

For years, I’ve made Kolacky cookies which are a family tradition from my Polish heritage. It couldn’t be a holiday without Kolacky! Well this year, I’m adding Linzer cookies, which are a European-inspired jam-filled cookie containing ground almonds in the dough.

I followed the instructions on the Linzer Cookie Cutter package and used the Linzer Sandwich Cookie recipe.
Snowman Linzer CookieI really liked the versatility of the cutter, as it is star-shaped and comes with six different changeable center shapes: star, snowman, candy cane, tree, diamond, and circle. The circle, star, and diamond can be used throughout the year – not just for Christmas!

The recipe called for the dough to be refrigerated before rolling it out. Linzer Cookie Dough Once chilled, I made sure to make enough of the bottom pieces (these do not have a center cut out) to match the top pieces. I placed the pieces on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and baked them for the recommended 10-12 minutes. The aroma of almond filled my kitchen! Yum!

Linzer Cookie FillingI cooled the cookies on the sheets for two minutes before transferring to my cooling grids. I then spread about 1 teaspoon of Cherry Cake and Pastry Filling instead of the seedless raspberry jam on the cookie bottoms. What a great taste combination!

Sugared Linzer CookieI dusted the top cookies with confectioners’ sugar (placing a sheet of parchment paper underneath) and then gently sandwiched the cookies together.

Linzer Cookie TrayFollowing the package recipe, I actually got about 32 sandwich cookies out of this and my daughter even used some of the extra dough to make little star, snowman, candy cane, tree, diamond, and circle cookies as she loves to be involved in any baking!

I can’t wait to make these again using other filling flavors, such as apricot and strawberry! I’m also thinking I want to try a chocolate hazelnut spread too! I’m confident that I’ve found a new cookie to add to my annual baking! The flavor combinations are endless!

Happy Baking!

Paula Ivancicts Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep and a Certified Wilton Method Instructor. She has been with Wilton since 2009. Her love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. Outside of Wilton, Paula enjoys family time with her husband and two daughters. She loves baking, decorating, and making candy for family, friends, and coworkers.

8 Replies

  1. Cakewhiz says:

    I love the cookies…can’t wait to try them!

  2. Ann says:

    I just loved these cookies when I had to make them as samples for the JoAnn’s ad. Unfortunately, I broke my cutter, so I just got the halloween set too & I use that one.

    The cookies taste delicious & are pretty quick & easy to make. I did 9 dz for our cookie exchange at work. And I used lime & lemon curd for some of the fillings, just to give some extra color. I added some Kelly Green coloring to the lime so it came out a great Christmassy shade.

  3. Mary says:

    What is cherry cake and pastry filling? Is it something you made yourself or purchased?

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Hi Mary!
      That filling was purchased. The cherry cake and pastry filling is found in the baking aisle. The one I purchased was in a can. It is like cake fillings, so sometimes you can also ask your local store bakery to sell you a pouch.

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