These hazelnut linzer cookies feature two soft, classic linzer cookies sandwiching a hazelnut spread filling and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Something about hazelnuts just reminds me of the holidays, whether it be roasted hazelnuts or hazelnut spread. When paired with a classic linzer cookie, it makes the perfect little holiday cookie.
Hazelnut flour is used in this recipe since you can purchase it already finely ground in store. If you don't have hazelnut flour, you can also make your own with whole hazelnuts.
To make your own hazelnut flour, add whole roasted hazelnuts, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt into a food processor and grind until the nuts are finely ground. Stop grinding just before the it becomes oily or clumpy otherwise you will have hazelnut butter instead.
For the filling, I've used Nutella here as my hazelnut spread of choice but you can use any spread available to you or even make your own. The great thing about a pre-made spread is that it's one less thing you have to worry about so you can focus on making and cutting festive shapes out of the cookies themselves.
Tips for making the best hazelnut linzer cookies
Buttery cookie doughs can be challenging to work with. Here are some tips to make it go smoothly!
- Let your cookie dough sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before rolling it out to prevent cracking edges
- Roll your dough out onto a large cutting board to the correct thickness and pop the whole board into the fridge for 15-30 minutes before cutting out the cookie rounds
- Use an offset spatula to slide under the cookie dough cut outs and lift up to transfer onto your baking sheet to prevent warping the shape
- For the top cookies, transfer the cookie dough rounds to the baking sheet first, THEN cut out out the middle shapes to prevent warping
- Flour your surface, cookie cutters, spatulas, rolling pin, and hands very well to prevent the dough from sticking to things.
- The top cookies will bake faster than the bottom cookies so put them in separate batches as I've denoted in the recipe below
- I like to match up all my top and bottom cookie pairs before filling them to ensure the similarly shaped and sized cookies are paired together
How to store linzer cookies
These cookies keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
The cookie dough can also be stored in the fridge for 1-3 days before rolling out and cutting.