Linzer tart cookies are popular holiday cookies. They’re a cookie variation of a linzer torte, a traditional Austrian holiday dessert. These gluten free Nutella linzer tart cookies would make a great treat for any holiday gathering.
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.
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.
*Here are more of my favorite Gluten Free Cookies for a Cookie Exchange Party!*
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 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.
A lot of people wonder “Is Nutella is gluten-free?” I am happy to say it is, so grab a jar and enjoy!
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. These linzer cookies are so easy to make….if your family doesn’t steal your jar of Nutella!
Does this ever happen in your house?
Well this time I had a plan. I bought the Nutella while the kids were at school, then I hid the jar in the garage. I know, I know….silly, right?
But, you have to understand my family. They are HUGE Nutella fans. They can sniff out a jar of Nutella anywhere in my kitchen. I need to start thinking of more delicious gluten free Nutella recipes. Maybe my family will save some for me then :-).
I am happy to report it worked and I hope you and your family enjoy these special cookies to fill up your cookie jar with. (Here are two more delicious cookies to try on your family: Gluten Free Banana Bars and Gluten Free M&M Monster Cookies.)
How to make gluten free linzer tart cookies:
Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Pour in wet ingredients and mix. This linzer cookie dough mixes up really quickly. Refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour then roll to 1/4 inch thickness between two pieces of wax paper.
I have tested two gluten free flour blends in this recipe. I liked King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. This doesn’t mean other blends won’t work, I just haven’t tested any others. Try to avoid flour blends that are high in starch.
As always, if your blend does not contain Xanthan Gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon.
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.
Tip: 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.
Place the cut-out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees.
Frost the bottoms with Nutella, jam, or any filling you like!
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!
Put the tops on, then dust with powdered sugar. (Dusting with powdered sugar is optional.)
How do you know when the cookies are finished baking?
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.
How long will these linzer cookies keep?
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.
More Gluten Free Cookie Recipes To Try:
- Gluten Free Strawberry Linzer Cookies
- Gluten Free Gingerbread Magic Bars
- Gluten Free Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tools Needed to Make Linzer Cookies:
- Linzer cookie cutters. These are cutters I purchased after I made these cookies. The red ones I had were a bit hard to use because the dough would get stuck in them. These work a lot better.
- Rolling pin. I love how easy this rolling pin is to use…and a bonus, you can just put it into the dishwasher to clean!
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend, (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 egg
- powdered sugar
- 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 350 degrees.
- Remove dough and place on wax paper.
- Put another sheet of wax paper onto the top and roll to 1/2 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g