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three Austrian Linzer cookies on a cookie stand

Authentic Austrian Linzer Cookies

Try my authentic recipe for the famous Austrian Christmas cookies! In my easy Linzer Cookies recipe, the cookie dough is enriched with ground hazelnuts and almonds and flavored with a mix of Christmas spices.

Course Dessert, Snack, sweet
Cuisine Austrian
Keyword Austrian recipes, Christmas cookies, famous cookies, hazelnut cookies, Linzer Cookies, sandwich cookies, traditional Christmas recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 110 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 150 g softened butter
  • 50 powdered sugar
  • 1/4  tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2  tsp ground cloves
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4  tsp cardamom not part of the authentic recipe, it's just something I like to add
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • egg yolks
  • 1-2  tbsp rum
  • 75 g  finely ground almonds
  • 75 g finely ground hazelnuts
  • pinch salt
  • 150 sifted flour
  • 150 red currant or raspberry jam
  • tbsp rum or raspberry liqueur


  1. Beat the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy and add the spices, vanilla, egg yolks, and rum. Mix nuts, salt, and flour in a little bowl and add to the butter mix. Combine everything and quickly shape the dough into a disc. Cool the dough in the fridge for several hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 175 Degrees Celsius and roll out the dough to about 3-4 mm. Cut out shapes using the Linzer Cookie Cutters.
  3. Bake the cookies for about 8 Minutes, take them out and let them cool.
  4. In a little bowl, mix the jam with the rum and spread this boozy jam on the bottom half of your cookies. Dust the lattice-part of the cookie with icing sugar. Top the jam-half with the upper half and store the cookies in metal tins.

Recipe Notes

Linzer Cookies get better with time and should rest at least a week. The can be stored in cookie tins at room temperature, or slightly cooler for over a month.