Gluten Free Mama
Gluten Free ! 100% Tasty

Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies are a popular cookie at Christmas time, but they really are delicious all year round.  They are so beautiful and easy to make.  Linzer cookies are a sandwich cookie that has a rich buttery tastes and usually sandwiched together with a good quality raspberry jam and topped with powdered sugar.  Sometimes the dough is flavored with an almond flavor and sometimes even with the cardamom spice.  It is easy to make these if you have a linzer cookie cutter set, but there are some tricks you can do with gadgets you have sitting around in your kitchen if you don’t have a linzer cookie cutter set.

Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

I purchased a simple linzer cookie cutter set made by Cake Boss.  You can buy linzer cookie sets at just about any kitchen store.  Some will have a large shape like a heart with a matching smaller cut out with a mini heart.  My set is a ruffled circle with a variety of different mini centers like hearts, circles, stars, etc.

You will need a good quality raspberry jam.  A lot of people will choose seedless raspberry jam for more appealing look.  In my opinion any good quality jam will work fine.  Even though raspberry is the most popular jam to use, don’t be afraid to mix it up and use your favorite jam for a variety of colors on your plate.  You will also need powdered sugar to coat the top of the cookie.

If you don’t have a linzer cookie set you can use a round cookie cutter or large biscuit cutter for the large cookie, and then use any mini cookie cutter for the center cutout.  If you don’t have mini cookie cutters, use the smallest biscuit cutter you have for the center, or look around your kitchen drawers and look for gadgets that might work, for example, a apple corer will work perfectly for the center cut out.

Linzer Cookie Cutter Set

Time to make the cookie. You want to chill the dough for at least an hour.  This makes rolling out the dough much easier.  When the dough is ready to roll out, generously flour a pastry mat or even just wax paper.  Also generously flour the top of the dough too, so it won’t stick to the rolling pin. You want to cut out an equal amount of large cookies.  Then take half of the large cookie cutters and cut a center out.  Then bake for 12-13 minutes or according to directions.  Allow cookies to rest on cookie sheet for 1-3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.  I have found that these cookies are quite fragile so transferring to a paper towel lined counter keeps the cookies from breaking.

After cookies have completely cooled take the cookies that have the center cut out and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.  If you have a sugar duster or sifter that is the easiest way to do this, but most people don’t have one of these. So what I do is take a metal strainer and add powdered sugar to it and just gently tap the sides allowing the sugar to dust the cookies evenly.  It is easy to use and works quickly and saves your cupboard and drawers space for more gadgets.

Then take the cookies that do not have the center cut out and spread a layer of jam evenly across the entire cookie.  Place the cookie with the center cut out on top of the jam covered cookie and wall-ah you have have a beautiful linzer cookie.  Repeat with remaining cookies.


Gluten Free Linzer Cookies
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time
Recipe type: Cookies, Brownies & Bars
Serves: 20 cookies
  • 2 cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 10 Tbsp. butter or dairy free margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • Raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum. Mix and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream butter until soft. Add sugar, vanilla and almond extract, mix well. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg and mix well.
  4. With mixer running on low speed, slowly add flour mixture until all mixture is mixed in well. Mix for about 30 seconds to combine well.
  5. Place dough onto large piece of plastic wrap or into small bowl. Cover tightly. Place in refrigerator for about 1-2 hours.
  6. Remove from refrigerator. Place on generously floured pastry mat or wax paper. Sprinkle top with flour roll out to between ⅛ and ¼ inch thickness. Gently remove cookie and place on ungreased baking sheet. Cookies can be place about 1 inch apart. Use smaller cookie cutter to cut center out of half of the cookies.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 1-3 minutes. Use a very sharp or thin spatula to remove cookie to cooling rack or paper towel lined counter. Cool completely.
  8. Spread jam evenly on cookies that do not have center cut out. Generously sprinkle cookies with center cut out with powdered sugar. Place those cookies on top of cookies with jam spread on them. Repeat.
  9. ©GlutenFreeMama

Mama Recommends

Gluten Free Mama’s Gluten Free Flour Blends, Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend, Click Here

Gluten Free Mama flours and mixes

Linzer Cookie Cutter Set Click Here

Linzer Cookie Cutter Set

Rolling Pin, Click Here

rolling pin


Do you like our recipe? Do you have a question?  Leave a comment below and Mama will answer it.  WE lofe hearing from our followers.  Thank you for stopping by Gluten Free Mama!

Similar posts
  • 60+ Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes From Gluten Free Blogg... I love this time of year, because of PUMPKIN!  There are so many baked recipes you can make with pumpkin from brownies to breads to cheesecakes and more.  I gathered a variety of gluten free pumpkin recipes from my gluten free blogger friends and have put them for you all in this one great place. [...]
  • The BEST gluten free “edible” Cookie Dough and Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ egg free t... It’s true, I have for you an “edible” gluten free cookie dough.  I am sure you have seen others out there, but this one is the BEST! I have been making this cookie dough for myself and my kids for about 9 years, and I decided it was time to share with you, it’s only fair [...]
  • Gluten Free Banana Bread with Crumb Topp... Fancy recipes with fancy names are all the rage these days.  I will admit, I am guilty of trying to create recipes outside the box, or name them fancy names, however, sometimes there is just something special about the old fashioned recipes like grandma made.  They are simple and sweet and everybody loves them.  Come [...]
  • Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies, Dairy free, Egg Free, Vegan and Low Carb too! Guest P... Today, I am excited to introduce to you a newer blogger friend of mine who has been so gracious to guest post and share one of her favorite gluten free recipes with us, Dark Chocolate, fudgy, Nutritious Zucchini Brownies.   Get this my friends, they are not only gluten free, they are Dairy Free, Vegan [...]
  • Gluten Free Orange Poppy Seed Br... It’s officially spring time in Montana!  The sun is shining, the big blue sky Montana is famous for stretches for miles, the view of the mission mountains is spectacular, the lake is glistening, and the flowers and trees are beginning to blossom and pop out of the ground.  It makes me happy. I have been [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:   Protected with IP Blacklist CloudIP Blacklist Cloud