Linzer Hearts

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These delicate cookies are beautiful for Valentine’s Day. Substitute 1 teaspoon of rose water for the vanilla for an old-fashioned taste.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 8 hours 35 minutes

Makes: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • 1½ cups finely ground almonds
  • 2¼ cups cake flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Cream butter. Add granulated sugar, lemon, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, and ground nuts; beat until creamy.
  • Whisk dry ingredients together; blend in. Chill dough overnight, tightly wrapped.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛" thickness. Cut with heart-shaped or round cookie cutters. Cut 1 or 3 holes in half of the cookies using a small cookie cutter or chopstick. Place on cookie sheets; bake 12 minutes.
  • Heat jam; spread a layer on solid cookies. Press a cookie with holes in it on top. Fill holes with more jam. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar when cool.

Recipe Information

Makes: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • 1½ cups finely ground almonds
  • 2¼ cups cake flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Cream butter. Add granulated sugar, lemon, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, and ground nuts; beat until creamy.
  • Whisk dry ingredients together; blend in. Chill dough overnight, tightly wrapped.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛" thickness. Cut with heart-shaped or round cookie cutters. Cut 1 or 3 holes in half of the cookies using a small cookie cutter or chopstick. Place on cookie sheets; bake 12 minutes.
  • Heat jam; spread a layer on solid cookies. Press a cookie with holes in it on top. Fill holes with more jam. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar when cool.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories190
Total Fat9g
Saturated Fat4g
Cholesterol25mg
Sodium15mg
Total Carbohydrate36g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars14g
Protein3g