Iced Cherry Almond Linzer Cookies

These iced cherry almond linzer cookies are as beautiful to take a look at as they’re to eat, and there’s no particular cookie adorning abilities required. You should use any small cookie cutters it’s a must to lower the almond cookie dough into your alternative of shapes, and the filling is solely store-bought cherry preserves. These stunning sandwich cookies truly style greatest on day 2, so that they’re an exquisite make-ahead vacation cookie choice.

Christmas-tree shaped cherry almond linzer cookies with icing on cooling rack.

Between the cherry filling and the candy icing on prime, the style and texture of those linzer cookies truly make me assume I’m consuming a flowery pop-tart! These nutty almond linzers are crunchy proper out of the oven, however after icing the highest and sandwiching jam within the heart, they start to melt. The magic occurs on day 2 when the icing and jam settle into the cookies, making the entire sandwich cookie tender, delicate, and deliciously crumbly.

Why You’ll Love These Iced Cherry Almond Linzer Cookies

  • Spectacular & stunning, with out requiring particular adorning ability (not at the moment, royal icing & piping ideas!)
  • Flavors of almond & cherry pair so effectively, similar to in these cherry pie bars
  • Save time by utilizing store-bought cherry preserves/jam for the filling
  • Simple 3-ingredient icing comes collectively in seconds
  • Linzer cookie cutter set not required—you should use any small cookie cutters you could have
  • Cookies’ style & texture are even higher the following day, so this can be a nice make-ahead cookie choice
Christmas-tree shaped iced cherry almond linzer cookies on white plate with frozen cherries in frame.

What Are Linzer Cookies?

Linzer cookies are historically comprised of a nutty almond-based cookie dough. The dough is rolled out, lower into shapes, and baked… similar to sugar cookies. Then the cookies are sandwiched along with a filling, normally a candy fruit jam. These festive, stained glass window-esque cookies are simply a number of the prettiest cookies round, particularly on vacation cookie trays.

Enjoyable truth: Linzer cookies originate from an Austrian deal with known as linzertorte, a kind of pastry stuffed with a fruit protect and topped with a lattice design.

I am keen on linzer-style cookies, and have a couple of varieties already printed together with raspberry pistachio linzer cookies and caramel hazelnut linzer cookies. You probably have a replica of my cookbook Sally’s Cookie Dependancy, you’ll discover a recipe for raspberry almond linzer cookies on web page 65.

Almond Linzer Cookie Dough

Right here’s what you could make these cookies:

ingredients on pink backdrop including flour, jam, almonds, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and cinnamon.

You want entire almonds for this cookie dough, which you’ll grind down so they’re crushed. You don’t, nevertheless, need almond meal or almond flour as a result of each are too advantageous. You’ll be a lot happier with the ultimate cookie with the additional texture from the coarser items of nuts.

A small meals processor is useful for coarsely chopping the almonds:

crushed almonds in small food processor.

I normally use brown sugar in linzer-style cookies. Right this moment, nevertheless, I selected common granulated sugar so it doesn’t take away from the almond and cherry flavors.

After that, the dough comes collectively simply with a stand mixer. Count on a thick, crumbly dough:

slow-up of almond linzer cookie dough in glass bowl with red spatula.

Refrigerate the Dough

Divide the dough in half. You probably have a meals scale, it helps to evenly divide the dough. In the event you don’t, nevertheless, that’s advantageous, too. Simply eyeball it. This dough weighs about 850g, so each bit ought to weigh about 425g.

Flatten each bit of dough right into a disc and tightly wrap in plastic wrap. Chill the 2 wrapped discs of dough for at the very least 3 hours.

almond cookie dough cut in half and shown again flattened into discs.

Much like this gingerbread cookie dough, when it first comes out of the fridge the dough shall be actually arduous. Let it sit out for 10 minutes earlier than you begin to roll it out. While you first begin to roll it out, the perimeters could crack a bit, however as you’re employed it, the oils from the almonds launch a bit and it shortly turns into extra workable.

Roll Out & Minimize Shapes

I made a decision on a 3-inch tree-shaped cookie cutter (the smallest one from this set) for at the moment’s iced almond cherry linzer cookies, however you might actually use any 2- to 3-inch cookie cutter for these. I really like these fluted-edge cookie cutters for a extra basic linzer cookie look, which I take advantage of to make these raspberry pistachio linzer cookies and chocolate gingerbread sandwich cookies.

almond cookie dough rolled out on marble slap and cut into tree shapes.

To make the cutout within the prime cookie, so the filling reveals by means of, you want one other cookie cutter that’s actually small—about 1 inch. You’ll be able to merely make a spherical heart gap, but it surely seems additional festive with just a little star or coronary heart form. For the pictured cookies, I used the star from this linzer Christmas cookie cutter set.

What if I Don’t Have a Tremendous Small Cookie Cutter for the Middle?

In the event you don’t have any cookie cutters that small, don’t fear! Attempt utilizing the tip of a straw to make a small spherical gap within the heart, or use a small paring knife to carve a couple of tiny holes (which might appear like pink ornaments on tree-shaped cookies!).

All of the cookies shall be lower with the bigger cookie cutter, however solely HALF shall be lower with the smaller one, for the highest cookies. So roll out your first disc of dough, leaving the opposite disc within the fridge for now. Minimize out the cookies and bake. These are your backside cookies:

tree-shaped cookie dough on lined baking sheet.

Then roll out your second disc of dough, lower out the cookies the identical method as earlier than, however then use the small cookie cutter to make the little cutout form within the heart of every cookie earlier than baking. These are your prime cookies:

tree-shaped cookie dough with cut-out stars in center on lined baking sheet.

Assembling These Iced Cherry Almond Linzer Cookies

As soon as the cookies have baked and cooled, it’s time to ice, fill, and sandwich them.

Sometimes, linzer cookies get a fairly dusting of confectioners’ sugar on prime. However I wished one thing completely different right here, and almond icing is simply SO GOOD.

For the icing, you want confectioners’ sugar, just a little milk, and almond extract. You need the icing consistency to be semi-thick, so it’s not too runny. Dip every of the highest cookies into the icing, and let any extra drip off.

almond linzer cookies in the shapes of trees and shown again being dipped in icing.

Set the iced prime cookies apart to dry, and switch your consideration to the underside cookies.

For the filling, I used cherry preserves, however actually… any taste works. In case your cherry preserves are fairly chunky, you should use your small meals processor to provide them a couple of pulses and clean out the feel, which is what I did. Pureeing it an excessive amount of ends in a too-thin sauce, although, so go simple.

Unfold about 1/2 teaspoon of cherry preserves onto the underside facet of every backside cookie, then gently place an iced prime cookie on prime to create a cookie sandwich. It’s advantageous if the icing hasn’t totally set but, simply maintain the cookies fastidiously by the perimeters.

spreading jam on underside of cookie and shown again with icing on cooling rack.

Let the assembled iced cherry almond linzer cookies sit out for a couple of hours for the icing to set, after which you’ll be able to stack and retailer them.

It positively takes a while to make and assemble these linzer cookies, however in the event you love the look of cut-out cookie cutter cookies, and don’t wish to go to the difficulty of adorning, these are a unbelievable—and simply as stunning—various. Plus, once more, they’re like a fancied-up cherry pop-tart. 😉

stack of cherry almond linzer cookies on white marble slab.
Christmas-tree shaped cherry almond linzer cookies with icing on white parchment paper.

Sally’s Cookie Palooza

This recipe is a part of my annual cookie countdown known as Sally’s Cookie Palooza. It’s the largest, most scrumptious occasion of the yr! Browse dozens of cookie recipes over on the Sally’s Cookie Palooza web page together with:

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