These gluten free linzer cookies are one of our family's very favorite cookies. Linzer tart cookies are popular Austrian holiday cookies that I know you will love too! These cookies are easy to make and you can fill them with jam, Nutella, frosting, or anything you like!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year...and not just because I get to make and eat a lot of cookies! 🙂 This cookie idea is also perfect to use as a Christmas cookie exchange recipe.
Linzer cookies are also perfect to use as a Christmas cookie exchange recipe. Your friends will love how pretty these cookies are! It is my favorite time of year and today we are celebrating with linzer tart cookies. If you are a cookie fanatic like me, you will want to check out all of my gluten free cookie recipes.
What are linzer cookies?
Gluten free linzer torte (or linzer tart or linzer schnitten) is a fancy way to say gluten free linzer cookies. (I love how many names this cookie has, depending on where in the world you are!)
Linzer tart cookies are popular Austrian holiday cookies. They're a cookie variation of a linzer torte, a traditional Austrian holiday dessert.
Linzer tart cookies have a fun history because many years ago, they used to be more like a cake, or torte. Over the years, the dough was made smaller into cookie shapes with jam. We love to make these German cookies and love flavored jams to fill them too.
- Gluten free flour blend - I tested this recipe using Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur's Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- Xanthan gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum you will need to add it.
- Almond flour - I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your donuts grainy.
Recipe step by step directions:
Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
Step 2: In a smaller bowl add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. This linzer cookie dough mixes up really quickly. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour.
Step 4: Put the dough on a piece of wax paper and then cover with another piece of wax paper. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness between two pieces of wax paper.
Step 5: Use linzer cookie cutters to get the tops and bottoms. You can find linzer cookie cutters online via Amazon, and at local stores like Sur La Table.
Make sure the cookie cutters you use make it easy to get the middle shape out. I had a set where the shape was difficult to push the dough out of, which caused a lot of tears in the cookie dough.
Step 6: Place the cut-out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350º F for about 7-8 minutes.
Step 7: When the cookies are cool, frost the bottoms with Nutella, jam, or any filling you like! Optional: sprinkle with powdered sugar.
More fun fillings:
- Fruit jams and preserves.
- Peanut butter
- This one may seem a little odd, but chocolate mousse is also delicious in this linzer cookie.
These cookies are perfect for holiday cookie exchange parties! Here are more of my favorite Gluten Free Cookies for a Cookie Exchange Party!*
I have wanted to use Nutella in a recipe for a long time. Every time I buy a small jar, it seems to vanish before I can create something with it. I have always loved linzer cookies and it was time that I made a version filled with my favorite chocolate, Nutella.
Put the tops on, then dust with powdered sugar. (Dusting with powdered sugar is optional.) Enjoy these gluten free linzer cookies with a glass of milk!
Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:
A lot of people wonder "Is Nutella is gluten-free?" I am happy to say it is, so grab a jar and enjoy!
These linzer cookies are thin and will not need much time to bake. Bake for 8 minutes and check the cookies. If they are looking slightly golden, they are finished baking. They should take no longer than 10 minutes.
These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container. I highly recommend not using the Nutella or any filling until you are ready to eat the cookies. Sitting for a few days with Nutella or jam will make the cookies soggy.
These cookies freeze really well. Add to a freezer safe plastic bag and freeze. They will keep up to 4 months in the freezer.
I struggled a bit with the dough being sticky but worth the effort they are delicious!"Denise, Pinterest User
More Gluten Free Cookie Recipes:
- Gluten Free Strawberry Linzer Cookies
- Gluten Free Gingerbread Magic Bars
- Gluten Free Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten Free Nutella Linzer Tart Cookies
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup Nutella
- In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients.
- Whisk to blend.
- In a small bowl, add butter, sugar, and egg.
- Mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Mix and put dough onto plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Remove dough and place on wax paper.
- Put another sheet of wax paper onto the top and roll to ½ inch thick.
- Use a linzer cutter to cut the shapes.
- Bake 8 minutes, remove to cooling rack.
- When cool, top the bottom with Nutella and add the top.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your donuts grainy.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
- These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
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