The Linzer cookies are named after the town from where they originated, Linz in Austria. The name, Linzer, came from Linzertorte, which is an Austrian torte/tart with a lattice top and blackcurrant jam filling. Created in the 17th century, the Linzer Torte is the world’s oldest torte recipe. The ingredient that distinguishes tortes is that they use nuts rather than flour as part of the main ingredient. The Linzer cookies traditionally use a raspberry jam filling.
This month our Creative Cookie Exchange celebrated Nuts in Cookies! Because they are delightful and a tradition all over the world. And since Linzer cookies are an American Christmas tradition I made a batch of Almond Linzer cookies to share with friends, neighbors and Father Christmas while he visits through the chimney!
Although these are best made with toasting and grinding your own nut flour, I am today sharing a recipe that works best for very busy holiday season using store bought almond flour. To be honest, the cookies are not very nutty if you eat them without filling, but once the filling is in, no one can tell you took a short cut.
Happy Holidays! Please do check what the rest of the cookie exchange bloggers have baked. You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month!
- Honey Mixed Nut Bars from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Butterless Walnut Chocolate Chunkers from What Smells So Good?
- Almond Linzer Cookies from Spiceroots
- Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti from Oven Delights
- Pistachio, Rosewater and Cardamom Shortbread Cookies from A Shaggy Dough Story
- Salted Chocolate Pecan Caramel Bars from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Pistachio Cranberry Rugelach from A Baker’s House
- White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies from 2 Cookin Mamas
- Biarritz Sandwich Cookies from The Spiced Life