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 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.
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
- Mixing Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
- Miniature Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter (1-inch)
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.
- Egg Yolk
- Granulated Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Almond
- Kelly Green Gel Food Coloring
- Strawberry Jam
- Confectioner’s Sugar
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.
Linzer Cookie Tips
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.
Mix The Cookie Dough With Your Hands
Not only is it a lot more fun, but when you use your hands, it just mixes the green food coloring better.
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.
Dust Rolling Pin and Cookie Cutters With Flour
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!
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.
Christmas Tree Linzer Cookies
- Cookie Baking Sheet
- Rolling Pin
- Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
- 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
- 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!
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More Christmas Desserts
If you enjoyed these Christmas tree linzer cookies, here are some more easy cookie recipes you should try next.