How to make Eggless Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are buttery shortbread cookies made with almond meal and a hint of orange, sandwiched together with jam. They are one of the best Christmas edible gifts.

linzer cookies

What are Linzer Cookies?

Linzer cookies are the popular Austrian cookies from Linz, the third-largest city of Austria. These cookies are made with buttery dough consisted of almonds, cinnamon, orange/lemon zest, and sandwiched together with fresh fruit preserves or jams.

The top of the cookie has a cutout (known as Linzer eyes) showing the jam-filled inside that makes it visually more appealing. Traditionally the cutout is circular in shape but nowadays any desired shape like a heart or star is used.

Normally Linzer cookies are made with eggs, but in this recipe, I have made them eggless. Linzer cookies make a wonderful treat for Christmas or would absolutely shine in your cookie box as an edible gif. This Christmas do try eggless Linzer cookies and enjoy the festivities.

Ingredients Needed for Linzer Cookies

  • Icing sugar: Icing sugar makes the best Linzer cookies.
  • Ghee: I have used clarified butter t make these cookies but you can use unsalted butter.
  • All-purpose flour: Plain flour or all-purpose flour to make the cookie dough.
  • Almond meal: Almond meal is the special ingredient in these cookies that makes them nutty and delicious.
  • Cinnamon and Orange zest: Adds a nice flavor.
  • Milk: To bind the dough.

Why make Linzer Cookies?

✔easy to make

✔eggless

✔tastes just amazing

✔filled with freash jams

✔kids friendly

✔popular chritmas cookies

How to make Linzer Cookies?

Step 1. Make Dough– In a mixing bowl beat ghee and sugar until light and fluffy pale in color. Add almond meal, flour, cinnamon, and orange zest. Mix well Add milk and knead a stiff dough.

Cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2. Shape and Bake– Remove from refrigerator and roll between two parchment paper. Cut out the shapes. For one longer cookie, cut out two similar shapes and one small hole in one of the cookies.

Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes or until done.

Step 3. Sandwich the cookies-Cool the cookies a bit. Dust the top layer cookies (the ones with holes) with icing sugar Fill jam and sandwich the cookies.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the cookies with a glass of milk, tea, coffee, or as it is. For Christmas parties, serve the cookies with a Christmas punch or your favorite Christmas drink.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure your ghee/butter is at room temperature.
  • Chilling the dough is essential to get the best cookies.
  • Preheat the oven before shaping the cookies.
  • Keep them a few inches apart in the baking tray.
  • Cool the cookies completely before sandwiching them with jam.
  • Keep them in airtight containers at room temperature.

Like Linzer Cookies, try these recipes….

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Looking for more such yummy Christmas recipes to get some ideas for your snacking? Do not miss my Christmas Cake and Christmas Fruit Cupcakes and the best one’s Christmas Shortbread Cookies.

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linzer cookies

Linzer Cookies

Sapana Behl

Buttery shortbread cookies made with almond meal and a hint of orange, sandwiched together with jam. They are one of the best Christmas edible gifts.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 12 mins

Resting Time 30 mins

Total Time 52 mins

Course Cookies

Cuisine Austrian, European

Servings 20 Cookies

Calories 227 kcal

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup ghee you can use butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • orange zest
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • In a mixing bowl beat ghee and sugar until light and fluffy pale in color.

  • Add almond meal, flour, cinnamon, and orange zest. Mix well

  • Add milk and knead a stiff dough.

  • Cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Remove from refrigerator and roll between two parchment paper.

  • Cut out the shapes. For one longer cookie, cut out two similar shapes and one small hole in one of the cookies.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes or until done.

  • Cool the cookies a bit. Dust the top layer cookies (the ones with holes) with icing sugar

  • Fill jam and sandwich the cookies.

  • Serve and enjoy.

  1. Make sure your ghee/butter is at room temperature.
  2. Chilling the dough is essential to get the best cookies.
  3. Preheat the oven before shaping the cookies.
  4. Keep them a few inches apart in the baking tray.
  5. Cool the cookies completely before sandwiching them with jam.
  6. Keep them in airtight containers at room temperature.

Serving: 2cookiesCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 26.5gProtein: 3.9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6.1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 6.4gCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

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Best Regards,
Sapana Behl

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