Linzer Cookies (aka Jam-Jams): #93 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Linzer cookies are an Austrian holiday treat. Think of shortbread cookies sandwiched with strawberry or apricot jam and dusted with powdered sugar. The texture mellows and gets less crunchy over time, so they’re actually just right a day or two after baking them. Feel free to freeze leftovers, if there are any!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($5 total for 2 dozen cookies)

3/4 cup butter – $1.86
1/2 cup sugar – $0.44
1 egg yolk – $0.29
1 tsp vanilla – $0.20
1 3/4 cup flour – $0.28
1/2 cup strawberry or apricot jam, for filling – $1.28
1/4 cup powdered sugar, for dusting – $0.22


1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy, which should take 3 minutes. Add the yolk and vanilla and keep mixing until well combined. Then add the flour mixture and mix just until the flour is mixed in. You don’t want to over-mix it.

Wrap the dough in cling wrap and put it in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up.

2. After this, get a lightly floured board ready and cut the dough in half. Roll each half out until it is about 1/4″ thick. Cut out cookies with any shape cookie cutter you like, and for half of the cookies, cut a different shape out of the middle so the jam can peek through (we used circles and hearts). 

Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, just until the edges start to turn brown. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

3. Once the cookies are cool, dust the cookies with the holes in them with the powdered sugar. Turn the filled (no holes) cookies flat side up and put 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of jam on top, spreading it around the cookie. Put the dusted cookies on top to make a sandwich, and voila! 

Store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for longer term. Enjoy during the holidays or anytime you like!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely
  • TOTAL: 15/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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