Linzer Cookies with Ginger Cardamom Raspberry Jam

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These crispy, buttery raspberry Linzer cookies are filled with a delicious jam that is flavored with ginger and cardamom. The cookies are easy to make and the raspberry jam takes only a few minutes on the stovetop.

Closeup of raspberry Linzer cookies.

This post was originally published on Sept. 15, 2015.

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How to make ginger cardamom raspberry jam:

It’s very easy to make this particular jam because it only requires the stovetop; there is no canning involved here.

Step 1. In a small saucepan, combine 6 ounces frozen raspberries, 1/2 teaspoon corn starch and 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

A small saucepan with frozen raspberries and granulated sugar.

Step 2. Cook the mix until all the raspberries are thawed.

Partially cooked raspberry jam in a saucepan.

Step 3. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (or 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom and continue to cook the mix until the fruit is broken down and you have a jam-like consistency. (Note that the jam will thicken more as it cools).

Raspberry jam in a saucepan.

While the jam is cooling, make the cookies.

How to make Linzer cookies:

The actual Linzer cookies are very straight-forward sugar cookies that are flavored with a touch of vanilla.

Step 1. In a mixing bowl, whip together 12 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until they’re nice and creamy.

A small mixing bowl with whipped butter and sugar.

Step 2. Whip in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1.5 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt. Continue to whip until the dough gets crumbly enough to start to come together (this will take a few minutes).

A small mixing bowl with cookie dough.

Step 3. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead into a ball by hand.

Step 4. Cut the ball in half.

A ball of raw cookie dough, whole and cut into two halves.

Step 5. Knead each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Two disks of cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap.

Step 6. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F., then take one disk out of the fridge and roll out the dough. (If the dough is hard and/or tears easily, let it sit for a few minutes to warm up and become more pliable).

RECIPE NOTE: You want to roll out the cookie dough without adding additional flour and to do that I recommend rolling it between two sheets of plastic wrap. Remove the plastic before cutting out the cookies.

A sheet of cookie dough rolled out between two sheets of plastic wrap.

Step 7. Cut out the cookies with a Linzer cookie cutter. Gather and reroll the scraps.

RECIPE NOTE: Here are instructions on how to use a Linzer cookie cutter.

Linzer cookies being cut out of a sheet of cookie dough.

Step 8. Bake the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat until they start to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let the cookies and the baking sheet cool, then repeat with the second disk of dough.

Unbaked Linzer cookies on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.

Step 9. Sift powdered sugar onto each top cookie.

A Linzer cookie before and after dusting with powdered sugar.

Step 10 & 11. Spread a little bit of jam on each bottom cookie and stack into a sandwich cookie.

A Linzer cookie with raspberry jam before and after assembly.

How to store the cookies:

You can let the cookies sit on a tray for several hours. If you want to keep them longer than that, I recommend transferring them into a freezer bag and freezing them. The cookies will keep their crispness this way and they thaw again very quickly on the kitchen counter.

I don’t recommend storing the cookies in an airtight container because that will cause them to go soft.

Occasions to serve the cookies:

These cookies are great year-round and also make a delightful holiday treat, whether it’s the winter holidays, Valentine’s day or any other holiday.

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Closeup of raspberry Linzer cookies.
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Linzer Cookies with Ginger Cardamom Raspberry Jam

These crispy, buttery raspberry Linzer cookies are filled with a delicious jam that is flavored with ginger and cardamom. The cookies are easy to make and the raspberry jam takes only a few minutes on the stovetop.
Prep Time:45 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Austrian
Keyword: linzer cookies, raspberry linzer cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories (estimated): 188kcal

Ingredients:

For the ginger cardamom raspberry jam:

  • 6 ounces frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

For the cookies:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar

Instructions:

For the ginger cardamom raspberry jam:

  • Add frozen raspberries, corn starch and sugar to a saucepan and start to cook on medium heat, stirring until everything is combined.
  • Once the raspberries are thawed, add the ginger and the cardamom.
  • Cook until the fruit is completely broken down and the jam thickened (about 10 minutes).
  • Let cool.

For the cookies:

  • Beat butter and granulated sugar until well combined and creamy.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour and the salt and beat until the dough starts to get crumbly (this will take a few minutes).
  • Turn the dough out onto a work surface and bring together into a ball by hand.
  • Cut the ball into two halves, shape each half into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Take one disk out of the fridge and roll out between two sheets of plastic wrap.* (If the dough is hard and/or tears easily, let it sit for a few minutes to warm up and become more pliable.)
  • Remove the plastic wrap, then cut out the cookies and bake them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat until they start to brown (12 to 15 minutes).
  • Let the cookies and baking sheet cool completely.
  • Repeat with the second disk of dough.
  • Sift powdered sugar onto the cookies with the cut-out centers.
  • Spoon a little bit of jam onto the whole cookies and top with a cut-out center cookie.

Notes:

*The reason why you want to use two sheets of plastic wrap is to avoid having to add any additional flour. 

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Closeup of raspberry Linzer cookies.
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12 comments

  1. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen says:

    Oh those cookie cutters are gorgeous! I got myself a set on special recently but haven’t gotten around to using them, so thank you for the inspiration! Love the star cut out in the centre too, and I can imagine that the spices in the jam would give it a lovely flavour <3

  2. Shinee says:

    I love (LOVE) crumbly, buttery cookies!! And no, I don’t have Linzer cookie cutter, and now I’m shopping on Amazon for it. Your cookies look so pretty, Nicole!!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Shinee! It was so much fun to make these, I have a feeling there will be many more Linzer cookies coming on The Spice Train… :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Mila! I moved these guys around a few times but wasn’t happy with the look and then I thought “less is more” and took that one cookie out. :)

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