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vegan linzer cookies

Vegan Linzer Cookies (easy)

Jacqui
Soft and buttery Vegan Linzer Cookies melt in your mouth. These sandwich cookies with a sweet jelly filling have been a favorite in Austria and Germany for centuries. Although they are considered Christmas cookies, they are usually enjoyed all year round!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine Austrian, Christmas, European, German, Holiday, Plant Based, Vegan
Servings 30 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g all purpose flour unbleached
  • 100 g almond flour; or fine almond meal
  • 80 g powdered sugar, and more for dusting organic
  • 1 package vanilla sugar; or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 200 g vegan butter cold and unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon aquafaba (brine from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • teaspoon cloves ground
  • 150 g jam of your choice

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl sieve together flour, almond flour, powdered and vanilla sugar and salt. Grate 1 teaspoon of lemon peel over bowl.
  • Mix in butter and aquafaba by quickly combining everything with your hands until a rough dough forms. If using vanilla extract, add the extract with the butter. Roll into a disk, then wrap or cover in an airtight container. Let dough chill for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C / 355°F. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • Remove disk from fridge. Roll out more on a lightly floured surface. Since the dough is chilled it helps to press it a bit down before staring to roll. The dough should be not thicker than 3mm (1 ⅛”). Cut out all cookies in the same desired shape (e.g. hearts, circles, round with scalloped edge).
  • To make top cookies: With a smaller cookie cutter, cut out little holes into the middle of half of the prepared batch. Again, you can get creative and use whatever shapes for the holes you prefer (e.g. mini circles, mini stars, mini hearts, mini triangles).
  • Place all on prepared baking sheet and bake around 10 minutes. (I have a small oven, so it usually takes 2 to 3 rounds of baking for me. I keep the other sheets covered in the fridge until ready to bake.) Once cookies are baked crunchy, let cool enough for you to touch and handle. 
  • Warm the jam in a saucepan to make it more liquid. Spread a small teaspoon of jam on each bottom piece with a pastry brush (or spoon) and place the top piece with a cutout on top. Then carefully fill the hearts with jam. Leave to cool until the jam has become firm again. Dust with powdered sugar.
Keyword Easy, Linzer Augen, Linzer Cookies, Plant-Based, Spitzbuben, Spitzbuben Biscuits, Vegan