Christmas tree Linzer cookies

Traditional European cookies

The Linzer desserts are a staple in Czech Christmas baking for its versatility and simplicity. Not only are they delicious, but you can utilize any of your preserves to “glue” them together.
And they make the house smell beautiful because of the vanilla in them. I plan on making a lot of these using different cut out forms for fun with my girl, Josephine Marie Palova. Kids love them too.
You can even just have them plain, and they last for a long time.
Stay tuned for stories about Czech Christmas traditions including baking and cooking.
I love this time of the year filled with anticipation of things to come and the new year 2017.

The Cookbook Life


Citrus, spice and everything nice is all you need at Christmas! Almond shortbread infused with orange zest and cinnamon, put together with a heavenly tart raspberry preserve and dusted with icing sugar make for a perfect combination of flavours for the Christmas edition of these Linzer cookies. These are an adaptation of Linzertorte, a traditional Austrian dessert and one of my absolute favourites. You can experiment with the flavours in the shortbread or use different fruit preserves and you’ll end up with different combinations every time. Let’s say these are my go-to batch of cookies to bake in times of need. Let the festive baking begin!

fullsizerender-87PREPARATION TIME : 2 hours

INGREDIENTS (makes approx. 24 cookies)

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup almond flour  (Note: Personally, I prefer using 1/2 cup store-bought almond flour and…

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