3 dozen

Linzer Cookies are great for the holidays and look just as good as they taste. A dough scraper, which can be purchased inexpensively at kitchen stores, makes transferring these star cutouts onto baking sheets a breeze.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer; gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

Step 3

Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Step 4

Roll each portion to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 3-inch star-shaped cutter. Cut centers out of half of cookies with a 1 1/2-inch star-shaped cutter. Place all stars on lightly greased baking sheets.

Step 5

Bake at 325° for 15 minutes; cool on wire racks. Spread solid cookies with jam; sprinkle remaining stars with powdered sugar. Top each solid cookie with a hollow star.

Ratings & Reviews

lovestocook826's Review

May 18, 2011
Delicate to make but very delicious. Made for a Cookie Exchange. They were a hit. Go very well with coffee or hot tea!

MIEngineer's Review

January 19, 2010
My cookies turned out quite pretty... but only the ones that didn't have a side of the star crack off before I finished all the steps. The baked cookies are very brittle and prone to cracking, so I would highly suggest a very small center cutout and patient hands when transferring these.