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Fig and Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! And hate it or love it, we’re in for a steady barrage of everything heart shaped and pink. I personally don’t care too much for the day as I don’t believe that love or the expression of love should be contained in just a single day.

To me, love isn’t about buying the largest box of chocolates you can find or the biggest bouquet of flowers, and I often find that the simplest of gestures can make all the difference. Nevertheless, because this “day of love” is quickly approaching, I thought I’d offer my contribution with these really delicious, jam-filled (and love filled!) heart shaped Fig and Raspberry Linzer Cookies.

IMG_7641Recipes dating as far back as the 17th century have been found for the linzer torte, originally from Austria, making it the oldest cake recipe in the world! Johann Konrad Vogel (1796-1883) is credited with popularizing the linzer torte by being the first to mass produce and ship it, with painter, poet, and composer, Franz HΓΆlzl Huber, said to have been the first to introduce it to the United States.

Any type of jam or preserve can be used, with currant jam being the traditional flavor, but I decided to twist things up just a bit and used some fig butter that I found while shopping the other day and some raspberry preserve, being that it’s my absolute favorite!

It most definitely isn’t an understatement when I say that I. LOVE. THESE. COOKIES. Despite the dough being a little more crumbly than I anticipated, which made it slightly tricky to handle, I simply kneaded it just a little more and rolled it flat, and it thankfully ended up working like a charm.

IMG_7650The cookie alone was irresistible, but when the jam was sandwiched in between two of them and the powdered sugar lightly dusted atop, magic was made. There was a sweet nuttiness provided by the ground almonds and tiny hints of brightness created by the lemon zest, with a also small dash of sea salt, and what was lovely about these cookies is that you could taste each individual flavor as you bit into them. This is a cookie that will definitely melt the coldest of hearts and I encourage you all to give it a try!


I’ll be bringing these to Fiesta Friday #55 happening over at The Novice Gardener. Hope to see all of you there!

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Fig and Raspberry Linzer Cookies

  • Servings: 2 Dozen
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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Recipe credit: Linzer Cookies from

  • 1 cup (150 grams) whole blanched almonds
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) pure vanilla extract
  • Β 2 large (40 grams) egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners’ sugar for topping
  • 1/2 cup (or more) jam or preserves for filling



  • Selma's Table
    February 13, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    For a moment I thought you had gone and made a video! Your cookies look and sound fabulous and I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments about Vday. Thanks for sharing these with us – they will not last long! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  • spiceinthecity
    February 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Utterly gorgeous Linzer cookies!! We share pretty much the same philosophy on V-day πŸ™‚

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      February 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much! Even though Valentine’s Day is really like almost any other day, it still gave me an excuse to cut these into fun heart shapes.

  • Lili
    February 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Really beautiful biscuits and photos!!! πŸ™‚

  • Fae's Twist & Tango
    February 13, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Wow… I had saved this very video to learn and make these linzers for Valentine’s post. I even bought the cookie cutters too, and the plan changed. You made them, and so beautifully too! Gorgeous photography! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      February 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you, Fae! This is a great video to use because she explains everything so well. I definitely think you should give it a try πŸ˜€

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    February 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm

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  • Hilda
    February 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I would be happy to have these cookies any time of year. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  • apuginthekitchen
    February 13, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Justine your cookies are so wonderful. You really did a beautiful job of making them, and I just love your photo’s and styling. Thank you so much for bringing to the party.

  • Giramuk's Kitchen
    February 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Justine! These look Phenomenal!! Love the pictures and the flavours just sound amazing together!
    I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s day either – I prefer not to limit gestures of love to just one day a year too! But on the plus side all the chocolate will be on sale the next day… πŸ˜€

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      February 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Dini!! What I love about these is that they can be eaten any time of year (not just Valentine’s haha) and I bet they’d also taste great with that chocolate that’s on sale now πŸ˜‰

  • skd
    February 14, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Your cookies look so professionally made πŸ™‚

  • lapetitepaniere
    February 14, 2015 at 4:09 am

    These are so beautiful and scrumptious! I love the pictures too πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    February 14, 2015 at 7:59 am

    you had me at linzer cookies, but now I know they have fig in too? Amazing! So cute too!

  • Chef Amy at Remke Markets
    February 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Heart Sweet!! Love it Justine!!! Happy Day!! πŸ™‚

  • Natalie Browne
    February 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

    These cookies look beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Julie is HostessAtHeart
    February 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    These cookies are gorgeous! They should be in a bakery!

  • juliaakoch
    February 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

    These are the best! I made mini star ones for christmas one year and everyone went crazy over them!

  • Sue
    February 15, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Yum ! Thank you for bringing these beautiful linzers to our party this week and I love that you’ve added fig . . . much better than straight up strawberry!

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      February 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you! The fig did add such a nice little touch and I’m happy that I included it after being on the fence about whether I wanted to or not. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • Traditionally Modern Food
    February 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Wow cookies looks gorgeous it

  • Hari Qhuang
    March 6, 2015 at 5:03 am

    They look so gooood! I’m super curious. I’ve never tasted anything made of fig! XD
    By the way, the gold&teal dish is sooo pretty!


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