German Linzer Style Christmas Cookies
Jam and cookies are so delicious and always a wonderful treat with a cup of hot chocolate or Glühwein (German mulled wine).
How are they called in German? “Spitzbuben”
If you are looking for a quick Christmas cookie recipe that looks like you spend hours in the kitchen?
Look no further, this recipe is so quick and an alltime favorite at every German Christmas party.
- 14 tbsp. butter
- 2 1/8 cups flour
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
- 1 tsp. zest of an organic lemon
- 1 egg
- 1 small jar of red current jelly
- powdered sugar to taste
- Cut butter into 1/2-inch cubes.
- To a large bowl add flour, almonds, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, egg, and butter cubes.
- Knead to a smooth dough.
- Shape dough into a square, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8-inch in thickness.
- Cut out your favorite cookie shapes.
- On half of the cookies, use your smallest cookie cutter or the end of a round piping tip to make a cutout in the center of each cookie.
- Place the cookies on the baking sheets and bake for about 10 min. or until the edges are lightly golden.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Take a cookie without the cutout brush it with jelly and place a teaspoon of jelly in the middle of the cookie.
- Top with a cookie with the cutout.
- Dust with powdered sugar.