Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies

These delicious gluten-free Linzer Cookies are buttery, jam filled sandwich cookies that will be one of the prettiest cookies on your holiday table! They have a shortbread like texture, a beautiful cut-out on top, then finished with a dusting of powdered sugar.

gluten free linzer cookie recipe

Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are an Austrian Christmas shortbread cookie inspired by the traditional Linzer torte. It’s a sandwich style cookie filled with jam that shows through a cut-out cookie on top. A dusting of powdered sugar gives these cookies a festive feel for the winter holidays.

Many variations of the Linzer cookie can be found on the internet, but no one will be able to tell this version is gluten-free!

Made with a combination of gluten-free all purpose flour plus almond flour, these cookies are easy to make, and so fun to customize with different shapes and flavors of filling.

Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies

How to Make this Gluten-Free Linzer Cookie Recipe

  1. Make the dough. Prep the simple Linzer cookie dough as directed below.
  2. Chill the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for about 1 hour until firm. 
  3. Roll the dough. On a floured surface, roll out the dough  until 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to make half solid circles, and half with center cut-outs. My kids love to help with this part!
  4. Bake. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet until edges are golden. Allow to cool before assembling with filling.
  5. Sandwich the cookies. Dust cut out cookies with powdered sugar if desired then spread your filling on the solid cookies. Gently press cut-out cookies on top to create beautiful Linzer sandwich cookies.

Linzer Cookie Cutters

You can definitely make Linzer cookies with any cookie cutter, however I recently found this Linzer cookie cutter set in a local kitchen store and will never use anything else! A pre-made Linzer cookie cutter set makes it easy to interchange shapes, and creates a perfectly beautiful round cut-out at the same time.

Have you tried this recipe? Be sure to tag me on instagram @thrivingglutenfree so I can see how it turned out!

Let’s bake!

Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

These delicious gluten-free Linzer Cookies are buttery, jam filled sandwich cookies that will be one of the prettiest cookies on your holiday table! They have a shortbread like texture, a beautiful cut-out on top, then finished with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Refrigerate1 hr
Total Time1 hr 42 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free
Keyword: Almond Flour, gluten free cookies, linzer cookies, sandwich cookies
Servings: 24
Author: Thriving Gluten Free

Equipment

  • Linzer Cookie Cutter Set This makes it simple, but any cookie cutters will work!
  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients

Linzer Cookie Dough

  • 2 cups Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour
  • cup Almond Flour finely ground
  • 1 cup Butter softened; can easily sub DF
  • cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Confectioner's Sugar for dusting

Filling Options

  • Raspberry Jam or flavor of choice
  • Chocolate Spread

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, continue to mix well.
  • Slowly add flours, salt and cinnamon. Mix until well combined and dough forms, scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out dough until about 1/4" thick. Use a Linzer cookie press to cut out cookies. Half should be solid cookies, half should have a center cut out. Gather scrap dough and repeat until all dough is used.
  • Transfer cookie cutouts to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden.
  • Once cookies are cool, spread whole cookies with jam then top with cut out cookies , pressing together gently,
  • Dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for a few days, or in the freezer for longer storage.

Notes

If at any time the dough becomes sticky or hard to work with, place it back in the refrigerator until firm.

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