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Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

These cookies can be traced all the way back to the year 1653, in Linz, Austria. Traditionally they were made from dough consisting of ground almonds, lemon zest and a dash of cinnamon.  The fragrant dough was made into a lattice-topped torte, with sweet black currant jam sandwiched between two layers. Later someone, most likely in a hurry, thought to bake the same ingredients into a cookie.  They rolled the dough thin, stamped it out with a round cutter, baked them, filled them with jam and dusted the top with confectioners’ sugar. The top cookie had a hole in it to allow the jam to seductively poke through, also known as the Linzer Eye.

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