Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies

A twist on the traditional Linzer cookies you normally see around Christmastime, my raspberry-filled Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies are the perfect romantic treat to bake for your sweetheart this holiday!

Raspberry Linzer Cookies with Heart Cutout Dusted with Powdered Sugar on White Cake Stand with Scalloped Edge | Taste As You Go

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Updated January 31, 2022

Last week, I had the honor of contributing a guest post to inPSYCHful Living, a lifestyle blog written by fellow Bethlehem residents, Ali and Melissa. In the post, I shared my recipe for Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies in order to get their readers in the mood for the most romantic holiday of the year.

Although I mentioned my guest post on social media, I wanted to also make mention of the cookie recipe here, too, in case you're not following me on those platforms. If you like the idea of skipping the usual heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine's Day in favor of something homemade, then definitely keep reading!

Smuckers Seedless Red Raspberry Jam | Taste As You Go

Fresh Lemons | Taste As You Go.

I started with the raspberry filling, which consisted of a combination of seedless raspberry jam and fresh lemon juice. 

You'll want to simmer the filling mixture over low heat until it has thickened a bit. After the filling has thickened, remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature while you work on the cookie dough.

Butter-Flavored Crisco Baking Stick | Taste As You Go

Traditionally, the dough for Linzer cookies calls for butter, but I opted to use butter-flavored shortening instead since I had a few sticks of it in our pantry that were leftover from the holiday baking season.

When making this type of substitution, it's key to remember that you'll also need to add a little bit of water to the dough to achieve a dough consistency and texture that will allow for rolling. If you leave out the water, then you'll more than likely find yourself staring at a bowl of dry and crumbling dough that will inevitably refuse to come together nicely in a ball.

Granulated Sugar | Taste As You Go

Also required for the dough are sugar...

Fresh Lemon Zest | Taste As You Go

... freshly grated lemon zest...

Large Eggs | Taste As You Go

... two large eggs...

Lemon and Lemon Juice | Taste As You Go

... fresh lemon juice, and all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour). Once the dough comes together, you'll want to turn it out onto a clean, floured work surface and shape it into a ball. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes. You want the dough to be firm but not hard.

Wilton Linzer Cutter | Taste As You Go

Wilton Linzer Cutter | Taste As You Go

Wilton Linzer Cutter | Taste As You Go

Once the dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured surface until it's about 1/2-inch thick, and then cut the dough using your preferred cutters. I used a Linzer Cookie Cutter Set by Wilton (similar), which allows me to keep the overall round shape of the cookie but that also allows me to cut out a heart shape for the center.

Cutting Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

Cutting Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

The number of cookies you actually get will depend on the size of your cutters and the overall thickness of the dough. For this particular batch, I got more than two dozen cookies.

(If I were a more confident baker, I could have rolled the dough out thinner to get more cookies. Some day!)

The size of the yield isn't that important, though, as long as you remember to cut out the same number of tops and bottoms.

Baking Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

Arrange the rounds 1½ inches apart on your prepared baking sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.

Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow them to cool before filling and assembling.

Filling Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

To fill the cookies, take one of the solid cookies and place a teaspoon or so of the raspberry filling in the center and then top with one of the cutout cookies.

Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

When your Linzer cookies have been assembled, you’ll see the beautiful red color of the raspberry filling peeking through the heart-shaped cutouts.

Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

Cute, right?

Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

To finish, dust the tops of the cookies with some confectioners' sugar. Then just stand back in awe at what you created.

Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies | Taste As You Go

Pure magic.

Are you ready to get baking? Here's the recipe!


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