Now that I am proficient in grain free roll out cookie dough, I learned another recipe for an even better version for these Grain Free Coconut Date Linzer Cookies!
This is adapted from my husband’s grandmother’s famous butter dough.
We call it Bella’s Muerbe Teig.
That is German for butter dough.
She used this dough for her famous apple cake (which I will not attempt just yet) and also for cookies.
Since it is that time of the season, let’s make some fun linzer cookies with a grain free and dairy free adaptation of this dough!
A Linzertorte is a tart made of a rich buttery dough accentuated by almonds, lemon zest, and cinnamon. The tart is traditionally filled with black currant preserves and topped with a lattice crust.
It originated in Linz, Austria in the 1600’s. Introduced to American in the 1800’s, raspberry has replaced black currant as the jam of choice. Linzertortes are a traditional European Christmas pastry, a custom that is now enjoyed in the US.
Linzer cookies are made from the same recipe as the Linzertorte but instead the dough is cut into cookies and two of them form a sandwich for the preserves.
Additionally, the top cookie has a small cutout in its center (known as Linzer eyes), thus exposing the underlying jam.
This makes it more tempting.
The traditional cutout is circular, however, all sorts of shapes, are also used.
If you cannot find the special cookie cutters for making linzer cookies, all you really need are two circles of different sizes.
Ingredients for dough
Ingredients for filling
Instructions for dough
Instructions for Filling
Putting It All Together