Christmas Tree Linzer Cookies

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Create lovely green Christmas tree Linzer cookies for the holidays. The hearts in the middle are the perfect way to decorate them.

If you are looking for more Christmas cookies to make, then try these easy Christmas tree meringue cookies too! All you need are a few ingredients and a piping bag and you can make some cute little Christmas trees that melt in your mouth.

Christmas tree linzer cookies recipe.

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Do you love to make cookies for Christmas? It’s a wonderful way to just get in the kitchen and express your culinary creativity. Plus, in the end, you have some delicious cookies to enjoy.

Christmas cookies are so much fun because there are so many different types you can make!

I have always been a fan of Linzer cookies, but I never took the leap to make my own. This year, I decided to change that. If you have never made Linzer cookies, then I am sure you are going to enjoy this easy recipe.

Chistmas tree Linzer cookies to add a festive touch to your holiday sweet table.

How To Make Christmas Tree Linzer Cookies

I’ll share some step-by-step photos and a few extra tips before we get to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Christmas tree Linzer cookies might look complicated, but they are easier than ever!

Kitchen Tools Needed

Ingredients Needed

All the exact amounts you need are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a quick list of what you need to get from the store.

What Are Linzer Cookies?

So, what is a Linzer cookie? I had done thorough research before whipping up my first batch. A Linzer cookie mimics a torte/shortbread. It has very few leavening agents (ie.: no baking powder/soda) and some recipes eliminate the egg altogether. I opted to add an egg yolk to my Linzer cookie recipe. I like the idea of eggs in my baking to act as a binding agent. The egg yolk really helped with keeping a good, firm consistency on my Linzer cookie dough.

You can skip on down to the printable recipe card. I’m just going to share a few tips that I think will be helpful – especially if you are making them for the first time.

Almond Flour Instead of Ground Almonds

If you don’t want to grind up your own almonds, you can use almond flour instead. Either almond meal or almond flour both work for this cookie recipe.

Not only is it a lot more fun, but when you use your hands, it just mixes the green food coloring better.

Chill Dough

Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for about an hour after you mix in the food coloring. This will make it easier to roll out and cut.

The key to preventing your cookie dough from sticking to things is to dust everything lightly with flour. This will make the rolling pin easier to use and help your cookie cutters too.

Dust With Confectioner’s Sugar

After you let them cool completely, spread the strawberry jam on top and add the 2nd cookie. I love to dust the cookies lightly with confectioner’s sugar just to give them a little extra pizazz!

Easy homemade Christmas cookies.

Store The Cookies In The Refrigerator

Since they are filled with strawberry jam, I suggest storing the cookies in an airtight container and keeping them refrigerated. They will last about a week.

Chistmas tree Linzer cookies to add a festive touch to your holiday sweet table. Everything about the Linzer cookies are homemade - from the almond flour down to the jam! #linzercookies
Chistmas tree Linzer cookies to add a festive touch to your holiday sweet table. Everything about the Linzer cookies are homemade - from the almond flour down to the jam! #linzercookies
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Christmas Tree Linzer Cookies

Print Recipe
Turning to Linzer cookies to uphold family traditions.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Chill the dough:30 mins
Total Time:1 hr 10 mins

SERVINGS

10

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sugar granulated
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour +extra for rolling
  • ¼ cup ground almond
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 small drops Kelly green gel food coloring
  • ¾ cup strawberry jam
  • confectioner's sugar, sifted for dusting
  • 1 Christmas tree cookie cutter 3 inch long and 3 inches wide at its widest point
  • 1 miniature heart shaped cookie cutter 1 inch in size

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolk and granulated sugar until creamy.
  • Add butter to egg and sugar mixture, followed by the vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add green gel food coloring and knead with your hands until dough is completely tinted.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Remove dough from fridge. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll out cookie dough until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
  • Cut out 14-20 Christmas tree shapes. Place each one gently on the lined baking sheet.
  • Using the miniature heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out a heart in the center of half of the tree-shaped cookies.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread jam in the centre of the whole cookies. Top off with a cookie with the heart-shaped centre.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Austrian
Keyword: christmas tree linzer, holiday season cookies, strawberry jam cookies
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 237kcal
Christmas tree linzer cookies.

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21 Comments

  1. What a beautiful twist on traditional linzer cookies. I love those Christmas Tree cookies you made and will have to try baking some this season.

  2. I haven’t heard of a Linzer cookie before. My mom used to make something similar when I was growing up. I’ll have to give these a try.

  3. These look so amazing and delicious. I don’t think I have had any before. Such a sweet thing to bring to your holidays with reminders of Grandmothers!

  4. These cookies are adorable. I love that your husband approved and you can keep his grandma’s memory alive. Merry Christmas!

  5. I currently have a bag of fresh ground almond meal in my refrigerator left over from making nut milk. This cookie recipe sounds like the perfect use for it! Pinning for later. 🙂