Recipe for Grapefruit Almond Linzer Cookies, the classic “windowpane” cookie sandwich made with almond meal and filled with pink grapefruit marmalade. Pretty, fruity, and bite size cookies perfect for a tea party or fun treat.
What’s the best part of spring and summer? Fruit jams, jellies, curds, preserves, and marmalades of course! Even better when you sandwich them between cookies. The classic Austrian Linzer Torte inspired cookie is one of my favorites to make. They may be more popular during Christmas, but I say bring on the berry flavors during fruit season.
The first time I had a “windowpane” cookie was at a dress-up tea party at about 7-8 yrs old. I’m talking full dress, lacy socks, hat with a short veil, and white gloves. Yes, apparently this is something you attend when you’re a child growing up in the south. Painful for me at the time, as I was quite the tomboy and would have much rather’ve been playing on a farm. Oh well, at least the cookies were good!
Now, all grown up I don’t mind the cute dress and tea party, but no lacy socks or gloves please:)
Last week I was wandering through the aisles of Trader Joe’s and a jar of pink grapefruit marmalade caught my eye. Um..YUM!!! I knew at that moment that there would be Linzer cookies in my future. So here we are three dozen cookies later and all I can say is you definitely meed to try this recipe.
Don’t worry if you can’t find the pink marmalade, any jam or jelly will do. Pick your favorite flavor and enjoy!
Recipe Goal: Learn how to make pink grapefruit marmalade and share with all of you!
What is a Linzer Cookie?
Linzer Cookies are made of two shaped cookies, one being solid and the other with a shape cut out of the center. Use the solid cookie as the base for the sandwich, then add a small spoonful of fruit jam. Next, sprinkle the cookie with the cut with powdered sugar and place onto the jam.
These cookies are a traditional treat originating from a city known as Linz in Austria. First seen as the Linzer Torte, more of a pie, the cookies use the same “crust” for the cookie dough. Choose any cookie shape, cutout shape, and fruit filling you desire.
~Try this pack of Linzer Cookie Cutters.
What is Almond Meal?
Almond meal is made from ground almonds with the skins still on, creating a course textured flour. It can be purchased in the store or made at home. Simply pour almonds into a food processor and pulse until fine. The skins will create a darker speckled look in your cookies, but barely noticeable. Be sure to sift your almond meal to remove any large chunks.
Grapefruit Almond Linzer Cookies
- 2 cups (256 g) All Purpose Flour
- 2/3 cups (85 g) Almond Meal
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup (225 g) unsalted butter softened
- 2/3 cup (85 g ) raw organic sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (165 g )pink grapefruit marmalade
- ¼ cup (56 g) powdered sugar to sprinkle
Whisk together flour, almond meal, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla to butter mixture and mix together on medium low speed.
Slowly spoon in flour mixture on medium speed until dough consistency has been formed.
Remove dough from bowl and form into a ball with your hands.
Cut dough in half and wrap each section with plastic wrap.
Place in refrigerator to chill for 2 hrs.
*(Dough can be made and kept in fridge over night. You will need to set it out on counter for about 30 minutes before rolling) *
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Remove one dough half from fridge and roll out onto a floured surface to 1/8 in. thickness.
Take solid cookie cutter and cut out cookie shapes using up entire dough.
These will be the bottoms of your sandwich.
Place on Parchment paper lined tray and bake for 10-12 min or until lightly golden.
(I found that 10 minutes worked perfectly for my oven.)
Place bottom cookies on cooling rack.
Now remove your second half of dough and repeat with cookie cutter with center shape.
(You can keep the center shapes and make small cookies or add them back to the scraps, roll out and make larger cookies).
Be sure to bake an even number of top and bottom cookies.
Once all cookies are cooled it is time to assemble.
Sprinkle your top cookies without the center with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
Spoon a teaspoon of marmalade onto the middle of your bottom cookies.
Place the top cookie onto the marmalade.
Make a pot of tea and eat your beautiful cookies!