These Vegan Linzer Cookies are soft sugar cookies filled with raspberry jam. They’re made with just 5 ingredients and lots of love! What else do you need to cheer up your Christmas celebrations!
I’m obsessed with cookies this time of the year, don’t you? They seem the perfect edible and sweet decorations for any Christmas table. December is synonym of celebrations, joy, family gatherings and, of course, delicious and pretty desserts.
These cookies are not overly sweet, so you can eat them just as they are or sandwich them together with your favorite jam. I love all sorts of jams although I must say I have a weakness for raspberry jam. Love its color and texture, needless to say, its sweet and tangy taste pairs wonderfully with these cookies.
Anyway, if you happen to try filling these cookies with another jam flavor and it works for you lets us know in the comments below.
Vegan butter. I use margarine. Any plant based butter will work for this recipe. I haven’t tried to make them with coconut oil, if you do so, make sure the oil is not melted.
Sugar. I use white granulated sugar but caster sugar or cane sugar are also suitable for this recipe.
Vanilla. If you can’t get your hands on pure vanilla extract, clear or vanilla imitation will do the trick too. Pure vanilla has a richer flavour though.
Flour. All-purpose normal flour (or plain flour) is what I normally use for this recipe. If you would like to make them gluten-free, use gluten free all-purpose flour at a ratio of 1:1.
Raspberry Jam. I either use homemade or store-bought jam, depending on the availability of fresh raspberries and the time I have to cook. Anyway, as much as I love homemade, I’ve found there are great brands that make fantastic jams.
How to make Vegan Linzer Cookies
Full instructions and measurements can always be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is just a summary of the process.
- First, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Beat together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Add flour and salt. Mix until the flour has incorporated and the batter looks smooth.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface, divide and flat to make two discs. Wrap with cling film. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once out of the fridge, cover the dough with another parchment paper and roll out ⅙ inch (6mm) thick.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF / 175 ºC. Cut out your cookies, place on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes.
- Let cool. Spread a spoon of jam on half the cookies and cover them with the remaining cookies to make a sandwich. You can dust with icing sugar for the final touch.
Tips on how to make the Best Cookies
Linzer cookies are one of the easiest, most elegant and festive cookies. They are, at the same time, totally customizable for any celebration you may have.
All you need is a round cookie cutter or cake ring mold (you know, those used for beautifully plating cake rice or cake meat when you want to impress your guests 😉 ), ideally between 2.5- 3 inch (6.4-7.5 cm) diameter and an alphabet cookie cutter set, preferably made of stainless steel.
I chose the “Merry Christmas” message, as it couldn’t be otherwise for this time of the year. “Congratulations…” or “Happy New Year” will look wonderful as well.
Vegan Linzer Cookies
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons 250 grams vegan butter
- 1 ¼ cups sugar 250 grams white sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour 470 grams
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- First, line or grease and flour two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until just incorporated and a bit creamy. Don’t over beat or your cookies will spread while baking. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
- Sift in flour and salt. Mix until the flour has incorporated and the dough looks smooth. At that point the dough comes together and clumps around the paddle attachment. Your dough is ready.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface, divide in two and flat them to make discs. Wrap with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF / 175 ºC.
- Once out of the fridge, cover the dough with another parchment paper and roll out ¼ inch (6mm) thick.
- Cut out your cookies, place on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes.
- Let cool on the cookie sheet to firm up. Spread a spoon of jam on half the cookies and cover them with the remaining cookies to make a sandwich. Press lightly.
- You can dust with icing sugar for the final touch. Enjoy!
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Going to try making this with strawberry ham. They look absolutely amazing. They will be our New Year’s Eve dessert!
Hi Laura, happy to hear that, good choice! They are never missing at our holiday dinner table.
These vegan linzer cookies were so good especially with a cup of coffee. They tasted delicious and the recipe is so easy! Definitely making them again!
I do agree Hayley, they pair perfectly with a cup of coffee. Glad you enjoyed them!
Amy Liu Dong
Never heard of this cookie’s name before but it looks delicious and easy to make.
I am going to make this at home, yum!
Hope you will love it as much as we do! Thanks so much, Amy!
This is such an awesome cookie recipe and a very unique one! Definitely looks yummy and totally love the lettering in it! Perfect for this Christmas festivity!
Hi Jamie! Yes, linzer cookies are great holiday cookies. I also make them as a gift for birthdays, my family loves them!
These gluten-free raspberry filled cookies are so elegant! Although perfect for the holidays I plan on making them all year round.
Hi Jenny, we also love them all year round. Any celebration is a good excuse to make vegan linzer cookies!
These cookies were so tasty! I made them for my son’s vegan teacher. She loved them!
Hi, Erin! Thank you so much! I am beyond happy to read your positive review.
Such a good simple sugar cookie recipe and I happened to have some of my strawberry watermelon jam on hand so we used that. These were very tasty and stayed nice and soft following your instructions!
Thank you for your feedback, and for trying my vegan linzer cookies recipe! I love creating them!
Yours turned out so pretty! My aunt makes these linzer cookies for Christmas every year. One of the goodies I look forward to!
Thank you, Ann! These are a family favourite around here too.
These cookies are perfect because I always have them as a vegan option for family gatherings. They make a perfect edible gift for vegan neighbors, too.
Hi Colleen! Yes, linzer cookies are a great gift. I make them for my vegan and non-vegan friends.
Journa Liz Ramirez
Wow! This is so good! My family loved and enjoyed these vegan linzer cookies. Thanks, for sharing this must-try recipe. We’ll surely have this again.
This recipe is a beloved favorite here, I make it several times a year. Thank you for sharing your experience, Journa. It means the world to me!
Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli
Raspberry jam is my favorite as well! It was perfect in these adorable vegan Linzer cookies!
Hi Loreto and Nicoletta! Yes, raspberry jam goes really well here, it pairs beautifully with these cookies.
The vegan world is new to me, and this was my first time trying vegan butter. Loved it! And these linzer cookies were so yummy!!!
That is great to hear! I am so glad that you love my recipe that much!