Linzer Augen

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This is my great-grandmother's family recipe which we grew up with and has been passed down from Germany. These great German cookies are a must have for Christmas! Soft and flaky! Make them with your favorite jams and cutters to customize!

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 cup whole almonds

  • ¾ cup white sugar, divided

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 lemons, zested

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup raspberry jam, stirred well, or more as needed

Directions

  1. Place oven rack in the center position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread almonds onto a baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until almonds are lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

  3. Pulse almonds with 1/4 cup white sugar in a food processor until finely ground.

  4. Whisk flour, lemon zest, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl. Beat butter and remaining 1/2 cup white sugar together in a separate bowl until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract, ground almond mixture, and flour mixture until just combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 3 to 12 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface; cut into cookies using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Place cookies about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Cut the centers out of half the cookies using a smaller cookie cutter.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned around the edges, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  8. Place the cut-out cookies on a baking sheet and lightly dust with confectioners' sugar. Spread a thin layer of jam onto the full cookies. Place the cut-out cookies on top of the full cookies; gently sandwich them together. Spoon more jam into the cut-out area.

Cook's Note:

You can use your favorite flavor of jam, but be sure to beat it well to remove any lumps of fruit!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
11g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.