Valentine Linzer Heart Cookies recipe

A heart shaped layered shortbread cookies filled with raspberry or strawberry jam or jelly sprinkled with powdered sugar. This Linzer heart cookie recipe is a must try!

I’m sure you’ve all seen the heart shaped shortbread cookies with jam in the middle of them before. Do you know what they are called? I had no idea until one of my Instagram friends shared a post spilling the details about these gorgeous jam filled sandwich cookies.

A heart shaped layered shortbread inspired cookie filled with jam or jelly topped with powdered sugar. Originated in Austria.

I love that the internet has the ability to connect us to others that we would otherwise never know. I “met” Rebecca who shares amazing DIY, recipes and more on Instagram at My_Practical_Life after I shared a photo of our 1886 home after our lightning strike/house fire. Since then, I’ve gotten to know Rebecca and she is someone who I would genuinely be friends with outside of Instagram!

Rebecca recently shared a recipe for her Linzer Cookies, which are also referred to as butter or shortbread cookies with fruit filling, that totally stopped me in my scroll. The cookies not only looked beautiful, you could literally tell that they would taste delicious as well! How cute are these cookies for Valentine’s Day or in a different shape for Christmas!

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Valentine Linzer Heart Cookies - cookie dough

She shared her recipe with me – which I’m in turn sharing with you all today! I hope you all enjoy it!

I was particularly interested because her cookies reminded me of these Sablé Confiture cookies we saw when we were in France.

Sablé Confiture Cookie | Gathered In The Kitchen

What are Linzer cookies?

Linzer cookies are a layered cookie similar to a sugar cookie or shortbread cookie that is filled with a fruit jam and topped with confectioners sugar (powdered sugar). Sometimes Linzer cookies are referred to as shortbread jam heart cookies or heart jam cookies.

What are Linzer cookies made of?

While Linzer cookies use common sugar cookie or shortbread ingredients; butter, sugar and flour! Some Linzer cookies also use almond flour, which gives them a more delicate and sandy texture. Linzer cookies are typically filled with a fruit jam or jelly and topped with powdered sugar. Almonds or sliced nuts may also be placed on top of the cookies.

What type of jelly do you use for Linzer cookies?

Traditional Linzer cookies are filled with a raspberry jam. However, now days, the filling options are endless. You can use apricot jam, grape jelly, strawberry jelly, cherry jam and even chocolate-hazelnut Nutella!

You can use whatever type of jelly or jam filling you would like. Use this cookie recipe to make strawberry jam heart cookies!

Why are they called Linzer cookies?

These delicious cookies got their name from their place or origin, Linzer, Austria!

What nationality are Linzer cookies?

Linzer cookies originated in Austria.

Can I freeze Linzer cookies?

Store the heart shaped jelly cookies in an airtight container for up to five days. If you wish to freeze them, store in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer of cookies. Do not finish with powdered sugar. Only apply powdered sugar once you have removed cookies from freezer and they have thawed to room temperature.

Linzer cookies can be made in any shape! Take the guess work out of which cookie cutters to use with various sizes. This Linzer cookie cutter set by Wilton has you covered!

A heart shaped layered shortbread inspired cookie filled with jam or jelly topped with powdered sugar. Originated in Austria.
What is the difference between a spritz cookie and a shortbread cookie?

Spritz cookie recipes typically have an egg mixed in the batter, unlike shortbread cookie recipes, that do not contain any egg.

What is the difference between a butter cookie and a shortbread cookie?

Most butter cookie recipes and shortbread cookies are very similar, however, much like a spritz cookie, butter cookies sometimes contain eggs.

Can you make heart shaped cookies without a cookie cutter?

Yes, use the sharp point of a knife to free-hand cut heart shapes out of the cookie dough.

Valentine Linzer Heart Cookies

Valentine Linzer Heart Cookies

Stephanie | Gathered In The Kitchen
A delicious layered cookie that resembles a sugar cookie or shortbread cookie, topped with jam and powdered sugar.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Austrian
Servings 24 cookies



  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • in a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy
  • add eggs, beat well
  • slowly add in flour and baking powder while mixing
  • roll out cookie dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin
  • cut out hearts using the larger cookie cutter
  • using the smaller cookie cutter, cut out a smaller heart in half of the larger hearts. Use the small heart cutout to re-roll more dough, or bake and enjoy without filling
  • bake at 325°F for 8-11 minutes
  • remove cookies from oven and place on cooling rack
  • once cookies have cooled, use a spoon to ladle the jam on the larger cookies that do not have a smaller heart cut in them
  • place the heart with the smaller heart cut out, on top of the jam filled cookie
  • dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!
Keyword cookies filled with jam, frosting for sugar cookies, shortbread cookies
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I love the creativity that cut-out cookies offer. The shapes are endless and the recipes are usually very easy. Here are some of my favorite cut-out cookie recipes you can give a try!

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More about Rebecca: I’m a wife, mom of two and grandmother to one. I used to be a preschool teacher and then a children’s librarian, and now I am a homemaker. I enjoy gardening, diy projects, outdoor adventures both big and small (mostly small🤣), spending time with my family, and you’ll often find me in the kitchen as I love to bake and cook from scratch. I also have a pretty healthy sense of humor, acting my age? Only when necessary!

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A heart shaped layered shortbread inspired cookie filled with jam or jelly topped with powdered sugar. Originated in Austria.

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