Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

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Guess who’s back with these epic Christmas Linzer Cookies… my Omi!!! We're breaking out the mixer and copious amounts of Raspberry Preserves and baking!!

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves from (@whatsgabycookin)


We'll get right into these Christmas Linzer Cookies but let me just remind you guys that Omi has a handful of epic recipes here on WGC and in my cookbooks! And man that woman can COOK!! Omi used to make these for us every Christmas when we were kids and they are truly perfection! I cannot WAIT until next year when she can make them for me again in real life!!

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves from (@whatsgabycookin)

These Christmas Linzer Cookies are the perfect way to spend some time in your kitchen this week/weekend. Plus you can bring a little cheer to anyone in your life that needs a secret santa drop off!

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves from (@whatsgabycookin)

Also FYI - we went with a Raspberry Bonne Maman preserves for this Christmas Linzer Cookies recipe, but any flavor preserve is fair game. We've done them with strawberry, orange, blueberry, red fruits... the works!! They are all brilliant sandwiched between these two cookies. I basically tested them all. DON’T JUDGE ME. It’s a tough job but someones gotta do it!

Need some more Christmas cookies - never fear! I've got ya covered!

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves from (@whatsgabycookin)

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 12 votes
My Omi's famous Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves are the PERFECT Christmas Cookie / Secret Santa treat or hostess gift this time of year!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 10 people


  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup Raspberry Preserves (I love Bonne Maman)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla with the paddle attachment until just combined.
  • Add the flour, water and salt and mix on low speed until the dough comes together in a uniform mass. Transfer the dough to your work surface and shape into a flat disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  • Once chilled, sprinkle some flour on the dough and roll the dough out to a uniform ¼ inch thickness and, using a cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible. Rework any leftover dough and repeat until no dough remains, adding a few tablespoons of flour if it's still sticky. Using a smaller cookie cutter, make holes in the middle of half of your rounds. Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill for an additional 15 minutes prior to baking
  • Bake the cookies for 15 - 20 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature.
  • Dust the cut out cookies with confectioners' sugar and spread raspberry preserves on each solid cookie. Sandwich your cookies together and serve.


Raspberry jam looks so pretty with the powdered sugar! Make sure and dust them just before serving so the powdered sugar doesn't soak in.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These are incredible! My favorite Christmas cookies to make. I made these for a party last year and these won the cookie contest! So go ahead and put award winning on these somewhere if you want, Gaby. So good!

  2. I agree; dough was sticky and a bit difficult to work with; I made simple adjustments and mastered it. Also, would be very helpful if recipes included all the specifics, such as the size of cookie cutters that should be used. Both recipes include necessary pans/equipment.

    1. I made this recipe for a vegan family member—substituting the butter with plant based butter and they were delicious! Seriously delicious!

  3. Hey Gaby! I just made these, and perhaps the dough was rolled out too thin, but they came out flattened and kind of grainy looking. Any ideas as to where I went wrong? Thanks! Love your recipes

5 from 12 votes (1 rating without comment)

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