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”

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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.

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Linzer Style Cookies - Spitzbuben

Angela Schofield
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill 2 hrs
Course Cookies
Cuisine German


  • 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.
Use different jam combination in a cookie to give them a special flavor touch.