Blackberry Linzer Cookies Recipe

Blackberry linzer cookies – Christmas cookie platters just aren’t complete without them! Two delicate, sweet, almond meal cookies with blackberry jam sandwiched in between. So delicious!
I’ve been cooking and baking like nobody’s business over the past 2 weeks, but it seems like I don’t have much to show for it here on the blog. That’s going to change VERY soon, though. I was just hired for seasonal employment at a big department store, but once the December holidays are over, I’m going to try to publish new recipe posts for you all 3 times a week. Pinkie promise!

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So this blackberry linzer cookies recipe is my December submission for the Creative Cookie Exchange.

Each month we have a theme to bake our cookies around. You may remember my November submission was Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookies. Those were a HUGE hit! This month, everyone in the group thought it would a great idea to give you recipes for cookies that you can make ahead and freeze until you’re ready to bake and decorate them. Saving time is always a good thing, especially around the holidays.

But if you’re looking for things to do, I’ve got a huge to-do list that I can send your way. 😉

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I love shortbread cookies, and linzers are really just shortbread dough with some nut flour (typically, almond or hazelnut) and a dash of flavored extract added to it. Of course, the primo ballerina of linzers are the preserves or chocolate that peek through the top of the cookie. For these cookies, I used almond flour, lemon extract, and blackberry preserves. Oh my goodness…they’re SO yummi!


The first step in the process for this linzer cookies recipe was to cut them out. I used special linzer cookie cutters that came with 5 different patterns in the box, but regular cookie cutters will work just fine. You’ll need a 2-inch cookie cutter for the cookie shape and a tiny cookie cutter to cut the shape of your choice from the center of the tops of each cookie.

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UNBAKED Linzer Cookies

After you’ve prepared the dough, cut the shapes out and lay them onto sheets of parchment paper or silicone baking mats. If you want to freeze the unbaked cookie dough from this point, you definitely can. My preference is to bake them first so that when I’m ready to serve them, all I have to do is remove them from the freezer, dust the tops with powdered sugar, and fill them with jam.

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Blackberry Linzer Cookies from


Blackberry Linzer Cookies from

What do you think? I think it’s time to bake up these blackberry linzer cookies!

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Blackberry Linzer Cookies

Prep Time 25 min Cook Time 8 min Yields 24

Almond lemon shortbread is sandwiched with blackberry jam and dusted with confectioners' sugar to make this traditional holiday linzer cookie. A beautiful addition to any holiday cookie platter!


  • 2.5 ounces (1/3 cup) almond flour
  • 6.6 ounces (1.5 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 egg
  • Blackberry jam (or flavor of your preference)
  • Sifted confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to combine butter and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, until light and creamy. Add egg and lemon extract and beat until combined. Add flour and lemon zest and mix ONLY until most of the flour is combined. Do NOT over mix or your cookies will be tough and crumbly.
  3. Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out dough halves on a floured surface. Using small round cookie cutters, cut out cookie bottoms and tops. With a patterned mini cutter, cut a center hole into each of the tops.
  5. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until barely golden. The less browned they are, the softer the finished cookies will be.
  6. Cool on a wire rack. Place baked cookies into freezer safe plastic bags or wrap with plastic wrap and an exterior layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
  7. When ready to assemble and serve, thaw cookies. Sprinkle tops of cookies with confectioners' sugar; spread a thin layer of jam onto bottom of each cookie and place a dusted top onto the top,pressing gently.
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    Laura December 16, 2013 (11:34 pm)

    I am really wowed by these! Truly impressed. I am really intimidated by Linzer cookies. All that rolling and shaping! 🙂 And I love the blackberry filling. Yum! Sorry I am so late this month!

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      Becca Heflin December 21, 2013 (10:32 am)

      Thank you, Laura, but I think you’d be surprised to learn that they aren’t nearly as intimidating as they look! 🙂

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    Rebecka December 8, 2013 (1:58 pm)

    I’ve never tried making this type of cookie but after seeing your recipe it’s on the top of my list for next holiday cookie to bake! Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing the recipe

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    Sophie Remer November 26, 2013 (7:43 pm)

    These look absolutely scrumptious! I loooove linzer cookies. So tasty, and adorable! Perfect for the holidays!

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria November 26, 2013 (12:09 pm)

    Well, THESE are definitely going to be a HUGE hit! Love how beautiful and Christmas-y they are. The perfect kind of holiday cookies that I love to make during this time of year.

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      Becca Heflin November 26, 2013 (2:56 pm)

      Thanks, Gloria! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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    Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs November 20, 2013 (3:57 pm)

    Linzer cookies have been on my mind lately too, and I just purchased some almond flour and got my cookie cutters out the other day. Your recipe is perfect timing, and I can’t wait to try them.

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      Becca Heflin November 23, 2013 (2:02 pm)

      Thank you, Felice! Your sweet comments mean a lot to me. I hope you enjoy making them…and EATING them, too! 🙂

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    Kathy Widenhouse November 20, 2013 (11:48 am)

    One of our favorites at The Cookie Elf is Chocolate Mint Layer Bars

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    Greenthumb November 19, 2013 (11:38 pm)

    I really like the sound of your cookies, and they look very pretty.

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    Kim - Liv Life November 19, 2013 (9:24 pm)

    I adore linzer cookies!! We actually made them last weekend for a fundraiser, and they flew off the plate quickly. I think they look so sophisticated, but I love that they aren’t really that hard to make.
    Good luck at the dept. store… I have 8 seasons under my belt from when I was in college… the hours now are so ridiculous!!! Hope you get good schedules!!

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    adam @unorthodoxepicure November 19, 2013 (7:40 pm)

    OK. First, these look outstanding! Now.. My mother in-law’s hairdresser (a 1st generation German) made these at Christmas every year. Heaven! Too bad I commented in the negative once about the curlers in my MIL’s hair.. No more Linzer cookies for me! 🙂

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      Becca Heflin November 19, 2013 (9:40 pm)

      When you see a woman in curlers, look her straight in the eye and try not to giggle uncontrollably when you tell her how beautiful she is… 😉

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    Karen @BakingInATornado November 19, 2013 (3:50 pm)

    These are just so beautiful. And I LOVE blackberry.

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    Holly November 19, 2013 (2:33 pm)

    These are one of my favorite holiday cookie yet I’ve never made them. Looking forward to doing so this year thanks to your post!

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    The Ninja Baker November 19, 2013 (2:31 pm)

    The addition of almond flour always seems to make everything better. Your cookies are gorgeous, Becca. Your training shines through =)

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    Stacy November 19, 2013 (11:22 am)

    I’ve seen linzer cookies before but I never realized that they were shortbread made with ground nuts. I’ve learned something new today! So thanks for that. Your cookies are so lovely with that dark blackberry jam and the powdered sugar, Becca. Delicious!

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 19, 2013 (11:17 am)

    Becca, your photos are gorgeous, and I always love cookies with the addition of ground almonds. Such great flavor.

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    Tara November 19, 2013 (10:48 am)

    I love, love, love these cookies and could eat a million of them! One of my favorites for sure. Yours are gorgeous!!

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