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Spiced Citrus-Plum Linzer Cookies

24 Sandwich cookies

2 hours 45 minutes active

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Our take on Austrian Linzer cookies uses hazelnuts instead of the traditional almonds in the dough. If you can buy hazelnut meal, use 140 grams (1½ cups) instead grinding whole nuts as we do, but make sure to toast the hazelnut meal as directed. Plum jam with a smooth texture worked best for the filling; if yours is very thick and chunky, press it through a fine mesh strainer before measuring and simmering. If you do not have a ½-inch-round cutter for making windows in the cookies, the wide end of a standard piping tip also can be used. And if you have Linzer cookie cutters, use them in place of our dough-cutting method. Dough scraps left over after cutting out the circles can be gathered, rerolled, cut and baked into additional Linzer cookies (you'll need more jam to fill them) or into various shapes for nibbling. Assembled cookies will hold for up to 24 hours, but for the best texture wait to finish them until ready to serve. This prevents the jam from softening the cookies as they sit.


Sandwich cookies


Don’t let your dough get warm. It’s important to keep the dough chilled while working and before baking, as this helps to control the cookies' spread. If it seems sticky or soft while you’re rolling and cutting, pop it into the refrigerator or freezer.

2 hours

45 minutes active


  • 140

    grams (1 cup) whole hazelnuts

  • ¾

    pound (3 sticks) salted butter, room temperature


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Jason S.
December 23, 2022
Favorite new recipe for favorite cookie.
The cookies baked up crisp and light, but held up well during assembly. Then they absolutely melted while eating them. I didn't read the warning about waiting to assemble them before serving. Had to eat them sooner than planned. Really not the worst problem to have.
Christina P.

Cookies spread out into a soupy mess? Spread out so sad

Janelle C.

Hi Christina,

We're sorry to hear that! A couple of things could have gone wrong here. How hot was your kitchen? Was the dough soft or soupy when you finished combining the ingredients?

The Milk Street Team

Kathryn K.

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