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Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookie Recipe

This light and buttery raspberry linzer cookie recipe is so easy to make, the cookies will melt in your mouth!

3.25 from 20 votes
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, holiday cookies, linzer cookie recipe
Prep Time: 5 hours 52 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 52 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 52 minutes
Servings: 16 sandwich cookies
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon equal to 1 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Raspberry jam for filling


  • Line a half sheet tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat on low-medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the lemon zest and vanilla extract, and beat till combined. Scrape down the bowl to make sure it’s evenly mixed.
  • Add the flour and salt, and continue to mix until large clumps form. The dough may not completely come together but that’s ok! Dump the dough out onto the parchment paper, shape into a flat disk, and freeze for 30-45 mins.
  • Prepare 2 sheet trays with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the dough into ¼’’ thickness between 2 pieces of parchment paper and cut out shapes using a 2 inch round or fluted cookie cutter. Repeat with scraps.
  • Take half the cookies and using a smaller cookie cutter (can be any shape) cut out the middle. Remember that these are sandwich cookies so you need to have equal tops and bottoms!
  • Freeze the cookie cutouts for 1 hour on the sheet trays. Then preheat your oven to 350° F and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown.
  • Once cooled, dust the top cookie  (the one with the little cutout) with confectioners sugar, spread a little raspberry jam on the bottom cookie, then sandwich together.


  • Makes about 16 sandwich cookies
  • You can bake the little middle shapes, but decrease the time, if they are 1” or smaller check the cookies after 6 minutes.


Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.