Love is in the air! It’s time for heart shaped cookies to share with our Valentines! These Linzer cookies are perfect for sharing with someone special. This special recipe for Linzer cookies also includes some history on the Linzer tart.
A top down view of the gorgeous heart shaped cookies ready to be shared and enjoyed.
What is a Linzer tart?
Linzer tart or Linzertorte was the name originally given to the torte recipe that originated in Austria in the 1700’s. It was a kind of torte that was filled with black currant preserves though today any kind of jam can be used to sandwich the cookies together.
The Linzertorte was traditionally presented with a lattice crust on the top and the cookies use the same ingredients but present the classic dish in another way.
Making heart shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day:
If you are looking for a heart shaped cookie that is unique and perfect for Valentine’s Day, this recipe for Linzer cookies is the one. These heart shaped cookies look beautiful when they’re assembled. The two layers of cookies and jam filling give the cookies a three dimensional effect that everyone instantly loves.
Ingredients needed for Linzer cookies:
Making Linzer cookies is fun! These heart shaped cookies are cute but they are also tasty and perfect for Valentine’s Day! I love that these simple ingredients come together to make something so intricate and festive.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
⅔ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup ground almonds
1 cup seedless jam – strawberry or raspberry
Powdered Sugar, if desired
Recipe for Linzer cookies:
This is my recipe for Linzer cookies. These heart shaped beauties will make everyone smile, they’re great for sharing! My step by step instructions will walk you through the process, no matter how great these cookies look, even new bakers can make them with ease!
In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes
Add eggs and beat until smooth
Beat in vanilla and almond extract
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground almonds
Gradually add dry mixture to butter mixture, beating well after each addition, but don’t over beat the dough
Place dough in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat
Dust clean surface with flour and roll dough out to ⅛ inch thick
Cut out with heart shaped cookie cutter
Cut another heart out of the center of half of the cookies
Place cookies on baking sheets
Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
Spread a small amount of jam on each of the bottom halves of cookies, top with another cookie that has a smaller heart cut out of the center
Dust with powdered sugar if desired
Store in airtight container in single layer for up to 1 week