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Love is in the air! It’s time for heart shaped cookies to share with our Valentines! These Linzer cookies are perfect for sharing with someone special. This special recipe for Linzer cookies also includes some history on the Linzer tart. 

A top down view of the gorgeous heart shaped cookies ready to be shared and enjoyed.You can make Linzer cookies any time of year, many people make them for Christmas. I like to make them for Valentine’s Day because their natural red filling and simple heart shape just scream ‘love’.

This image shows the heart shaped cookies being cut out and placed on our baking sheets.

If you are searching for a great recipe that can be shared with friends, family, and loved ones for Valentine’s Day these Linzer cookies are a great choice. A Valentine’s Day dessert table along with my Conversation Heart Valentines Cookies would be perfect!

Once you have tried them they’ll become a part of your yearly tradition. The flavor is buttery and crisp and the tart jam adds a pop of color and flavor that sets it all apart from any other cookie you’ve tried.

Another look at the finished linzer tart cookies topped with powdered sugar and ready to eat.

What is a Linzer tart?

Linzer tart or Linzertorte was the name originally given to the torte recipe that originated in Austria in the 1700’s. It was a kind of torte that was filled with black currant preserves though today any kind of jam can be used to sandwich the cookies together.

The Linzertorte was traditionally presented with a lattice crust on the top and the cookies use the same ingredients but present the classic dish in another way.

Here we see all of the ingredients needed to make linzer cookies ready before we begin baking.

Making heart shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day:

If you are looking for a heart shaped cookie that is unique and perfect for Valentine’s Day, this recipe for Linzer cookies is the one. These heart shaped cookies look beautiful when they’re assembled. The two layers of cookies and jam filling give the cookies a three dimensional effect that everyone instantly loves.

The butter and sugar being blended together is the first step to making the perfect heart shaped cookies!

Heart shaped cookies are a great idea for Valentine’s Day since they’re on theme and can be made with any kind of jam, strawberry and raspberry give us the red center we know and love!

The stand mixer makes linzer cookies so easy to make!

Ingredients needed for Linzer cookies:

Making Linzer cookies is fun! These heart shaped cookies are cute but they are also tasty and perfect for Valentine’s Day! I love that these simple ingredients come together to make something so intricate and festive.

Here we see into the stand mixer as the eggs are added to our linzer tart cookies.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted  butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup seedless jam – strawberry or raspberry
  • Powdered Sugar, if desired

The wet ingredients are blended together in our stand mixer for the batter for our recipe for linzer cookies.

Recipe for Linzer cookies:

This is my recipe for Linzer cookies. These heart shaped beauties will make everyone smile, they’re great for sharing! My step by step instructions will walk you through the process, no matter how great these cookies look, even new bakers can make them with ease!

This image shows the dry ingredients being added into a bowl so they can be mixed up before they go into the stand mixer.A close up shot of the finished recipe for linzer cookies with jam being added and cookie tops being assembled.

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes
  2. Add eggs and beat until smooth
  3. Beat in vanilla and almond extract
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground almonds
  5. Gradually add dry mixture to butter mixture, beating well after each addition, but don’t over beat the dough
  6. Place dough in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat
  9. Dust clean surface with flour and roll dough out to ⅛ inch thick
  10. Cut out with heart shaped cookie cutter
  11. Cut another heart out of the center of half of the cookies
  12. Place cookies on baking sheets
  13. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
  14. Cool completely
  15. Spread a small amount of jam on each of the bottom halves of cookies, top with another cookie that has a smaller heart cut out of the center
  16. Dust with powdered sugar if desired
  17. Store in airtight container in single layer for up to 1 week

Here we see the dry ingredients being added into the stand mixer to create the perfect Linzer cookies.

Can I make this recipe for Linzer cookies ahead of time?

This recipe will be crisp when it comes out of the oven, cools, and is assembled. The cookies have a bit of snap and I think they’re delicious that way. After they are stored they have a tendency to soften up. To enjoy them crisp bake and assemble them the day you need them.

A view into the mixer as the batter for our linzer tart cookies is created.

How many heart shaped cookies does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 36 cookies so if you need to cut that in half or double it you can do so before beginning the baking process! Since they are so cute, delicious, and irresistable I like to make the full batch and then share them with friends, coworkers, and family…everyone will love you for sharing such a tasty treat!

Be sure to check out my whole collection of favorite of my Valentine’s Day recipes when you get a chance!

Our first look at the finished recipe for linzer cookies.

Here are a few more Valentine’s Day desserts for you:

Conversation Heart Sugar Cookie Bark – this is an easy dessert for kids to help make!

Cupid’s Crunch Chex Mix – This party mix is my absolutely favorite snack around this time of year.

Copycat Frosted Swig Sugar Cookies – these are so beautiful for any holiday or birthday!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes – for all of those chocolate-obsessed lovers out there!

Brown Sugar M&M Blondies – you will love how easy these blonde brownies are!

Here we see the heart shaped cookies some are finished and some Linzer cookies are being assembled in the background.

Linzer Heart Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 16
 
Making heart shaped cookies is great for Valentine's day. This is a recipe for Linzer cookies which is similar to a Linzer tart recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup seedless jam - strawberry OR raspberry
  • Powdered Sugar, if desired
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes
  2. Add eggs and beat until smooth
  3. Beat in vanilla and almond extract
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground almonds
  5. Gradually add dry mixture to butter mixture, beating well after each addition, but don’t over beat the dough
  6. Place dough in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat
  9. Dust clean surface with flour and roll dough out to ⅛ inch thick
  10. Cut out with heart shaped cookie cutter
  11. Cut another heart out of the center of half of the cookies
  12. Place cookies on baking sheets
  13. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
  14. Cool completely
  15. Spread a small amount of jam on each of the bottom halves of cookies, top with another cookie that has a smaller heart cut out of the center
  16. Dust with powdered sugar if desired
  17. Store in airtight container in single layer for up to 1 week

Love is in the air! It’s time for heart shaped cookies to share with our Valentines! These Linzer cookies are perfect for sharing with someone special. This special recipe for Linzer cookies also includes some history on the Linzer tart.

Sharing is caring!