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!*
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.
Nutella in Desserts
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.)
More fun fillings for these linzer cookies:
- Fruit jams and preserves.
- Peanut butter
- This one may seem a little odd, but chocolate mousse is also delicious in this linzer cookie.
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.
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!
These cookies are perfect for holiday cookie exchange parties!
Put the tops on, then dust with powdered sugar. (Dusting with powdered sugar is optional.)
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: g
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 110 Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 34mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 3g