These chocolate hazelnut linzer cookies filled with raspberry jam are a Valentine’s Day dream!

Nothing bespeaks true love quite like a good sandwich cookie.


I know, I know, all sorts of more decadent, chocolate-covered strawberry salted caramel ridonkulousness gets the glory at this time of year.

But if you want to show your significant other that you’re not really mad at him for the fact that the male protagonist in the book you’re reading is cheating on his wife (even though you inexplicably and uncontrollably kinda are. please tell me I’m not the only one who gets way too emotionally involved with fictional characters and then projects her emotions towards them onto people in her real life. please.)…

…then the sandwich cookie, especially one that is laced with chocolate, hazelnuts, and a thick layer of raspberry jam.

Is totally’


You see, sandwich cookies are like DOUBLE the effort of regular cookies, which I already find to be a high strung kind of affair.

Let me count the ways.

First, you have to mix up your batter enough, but not too much otherwise you’ll get cake instead of cookies and then you have to chill the dough for somewhere between 2 and 72 hours. Somehow without taste-testing the majority of it along the way. Riiiighhhhttt.

Then, in the case of these, there’s the rolling out part.  And I don’t know about you, but I can barely tolerate rolling out pie crust.  At least then there is a PIE at the end of it!  So, yeah. It’s onerous. Especially when your dough is simultaneously sticky and crumbly. Because that makes sense.

And to top it all off, when it all comes down to it you’ve spent your night creating 40 cookies only to get half of that back as finished product!

Talk about a production efficiency nightmare.  These margins are non-ideal, people.


Until, of course, you add in the cuteness factor. And the fact that the smile that they’ll bring to your significant other’s face upon biting into their hazelnut chocolate shortbread raspberry medley of flavors…so worth it.


The kind and wonderful folks over at Tate’s Bake Shop (whose cookies I LOVE, by the way) are celebrating the Valentine’s Day season with a special deal – they are offering 50% off a Valentine’s Cookie Cube and Cookbook combo, along with 20% off any additional web store purchases. To redeem the 20% offer, just use the code BLOG213 at checkout.  In addition, they are also offering one of these Cookie Cube and Cookbook combos to one of you guys!! TO ENTER leave a comment telling me what your favorite kind of cookie is. And be sure to leave an email address that I can use to contact you if you are not a blogger!  The giveaway will end on Monday!


One year ago…Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread, Spaghetti in Tomato-Apple Sauce
Two years ago…Spiced Chipotle Honey Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash
Three years ago…Salmon Poached in Court Bouillon
Four years ago…Creamy Two-Layer Pumpkin Pudding Pie

Tate’s Bake Shop Linzer Cookies
Sandwich cookies may seem like a task not worth the effort, but these chocolate-hazelnut linzer cookie sandwiches are well worth the time they take to throw together.
Yield: 20 cookie sandwiches
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ lb (3 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups toasted, skinned and VERY finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, VERY finely chopped
  • ½ cup raspberry jam
  • confectioners’ sugar for sifting
  1. Sift the flour, cornstarch and salt into a medium bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until combined, about 1 minute on medium speed. Beat in the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the flour mixture until just combined. Mix in the hazelnuts and chocolate.
  3. Gather up the dough and shape it into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Let sit at room temp for 10 minutes before rolling.
  4. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thick. If you have two heart-shaped cookie cutters that are graded in size than use them, but I used a 3-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out the cookies. Arrange about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Gather up the dough scraps and knead together to cut out more cookies. Repeat until all dough has been used. If dough becomes too soft, refrigerate until chilled. Refrigerate cut out cookies for 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325.
  6. Using a 1 inch round cookie cutter (or heart cutter), cut out the center of half of the cookies. These will be the cookie tops. Bake, switching the position of the cookie sheets from top rack to middle rack halfway through, for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown. Sift some of the confectioners’ sugar over the hot cookies. Let cool completely on the baking sheets.
  7. Spread the jam on the cookie bottoms leaving ⅛ inch border around the edges. Add the tops, sugared sides up, and press together gently. Top with more confectioner’s sugar before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie sandwich


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93 Responses to Tate’s Bake Shop Linzer Cookies {GIVEAWAY}

  1. Pam says:

    They look totally sweet, but way too much work for me!

    Stay warm! I’ll be thinking about you with this blizzard heading your way!

  2. Beth says:

    I would LOVE to win that combo (if they’re offering it outside of the U.S.). My favorite kind of cookie is my Grandma’s recipe for gingersnaps. After all the years, it’s still the best.

  3. Kristin says:

    I love a good chocolate chip cookie. There’s a reason that it’s a classic!

  4. Simply Life says:

    oh these look great! they definitely show true love to the lucky recipient!

    My favorite cookie is peanut butter chocolate chunk. yes, please.

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  5. Ania K says:

    I love lemon cookies – can’t get enough of the sweet, but citrusy flavor! These linzer cookies look amazing – can’t wait to try them.

  6. Caitlin says:

    These look so yummy. I love a dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie like levain! cmcglynn22 at

  7. Yeah, I don’t know how you manage to do crazy things like this… I mean, this doesn’t count as a meal so you still need to make dinner, too! HAHAHA! Love cookies, though.. especially mine made with black beans and chocolate. 🙂

  8. Amy says:

    Oh goodness. That process sounded exhausting. Last year I made cake pops for Haley’s class…and spent an entire weekend putting them together. This year for Valentine’s Day, they’re all getting sugar coated marshmallows. 15 minutes prep, and done!

  9. Love these cookies, Joanne! The hazelnuts are a perfect addition!

  10. I don’t think I’ve met a cookie I didn’t like, but my all time fave is probably Oatmeal with dark chocolate chunks.

  11. These cookies are so darn cute! Love ’em. It’s so hard for me to pick my favorite kind of cookie! Either my mom’s sugar cookies or a classic chocolate chip (but with dark chocolate!).

  12. Yes Miss Joanne, you are not the only one who relates fictional characters to real people in her life. Don’t worry… I get it! And I do it too!

  13. marie says:

    My favorite would be a crispy chocolate chip cookie with pecans, coconut and cranberries. I like lots of stuff in my cookies.

  14. OH man, I have to choose one cookie as my fave? I think it would probably be Malomars…i have memories of my grandma giving us those whenever we went to her house 🙂

    I’ve never attempted a sandwich cookie before (too much work, hehe), but these are so cute! And choco raspberry is an excellent combo!!

  15. SallyBR says:

    My favorite kind of cookie is the speculoos – by far!

  16. I’m in a snicker doodle kick right now! I also love Tate’s cookies.
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  17. Sara Stewart says:

    Definitely a traditional fat chewy chocolate chip cookie is at the top of my list! [email protected]

  18. That’s a tough one. I can easily say any cookie my Mom makes. But I also enjoy my almond cherry white chocolate shortbread. Oh and I made for the first time a browned butter snickerdoodle. Those were pretty close to perfect.

  19. sandra says:

    Funny – I was going to make linzer cookies last night only to find that my oven/stove is broken and needs to be replaced, or my family will suffer the consequences of CO poisoning. Yikes! Yours look amazing! And I love that you also baked the holes.

  20. sandra says:

    favorite cookie – oreos

  21. Samantha says:

    I’m a sucker for a thick, chewy peanut butter cookie, doesn’t get much better than that! [email protected]

  22. Natalie G says:

    Oh those are pretty sweet cookies! Raspberry jam is my fave 🙂 My fave cookie is crinkle cookies, so yummy.

  23. Erica Berman says:

    Mmm, these look amazing! Do you think they would work with spelt or another whole grain flour? I don’t know if your give away is available to folks in Canada, but just in case: my favorite cookie is a chewy, cinnamony oatmeal raisin cookie…and even better are oatmeal raisin cookie sandwiches, with vanilla or cinnamon frosting in the middle.

  24. I love love white chocolate chip cherry cookies. They are wonderful.
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  25. Kristen says:

    Oatmeal banana cookies are one of my favs!

  26. Sara says:

    My favorite cookie is chocolate chip! 🙂
    Your linzer cookies look fantastic…that’s my dad’s fav, I’ll have to make them for him! 🙂

  27. ilene says:

    Coconut chocolate chip

  28. Abby says:

    oh man you totally called me out on the book-real life projection! Next time I’m employing the stuff-face with cookie first technique 🙂

  29. I’m with you. Cookies are high maintenance! But these totally look worth the effort.

  30. Anonymous says:

    oatmeal chocolate chip!

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  31. Danielle says:

    I am definitely not a cookie snob! I’ll take just about any flavor your throw my way. I do love plain oatmeal cookies though!

  32. I love peanut butter chocolate cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate are pretty much my best friends 🙂

  33. Anonymous says:

    My favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

  34. I had to laugh about the fictional book and bringing it into your own life. Been there…lol!! Usually, it will just generate many questions from moi 😉 The cookies are super cute!!

  35. Jessie says:

    I just had a good hearty chuckle about you getting mad because of the bad things your fictional characters are doing. And no, you’re DEFINITELY not the only one … 😉 These cookies have got to be the cutest things ever, and I can appreciate the effort they took! Enjoy every bite 🙂

  36. Emily L says:

    definitely linzer cookies! loooveee the fruity center.

  37. Guru Uru says:

    These cookies look utterly brilliant my friend, they should be put on a billboard… or freshly baked in a professional bakery 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  38. Your cookies look so good…a little more than I can throw together on a daily basis but need to make the time! My fave kind of cookie (this week) is the Peanut Butter Choc Chunk ones I recently posted about!

  39. I too can barely tolerate rolling out a pie crust. I call myself a cook, and yet I always buy refrigerated crust from the store. What’s up with that? I love the flavor combo going on here.

  40. cut anywhere says:

    My favorite cookie is my grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe – with nutmeg, soured heavy cream and a little lemon. Yummm. But when it comes downto it, there are not many cookies I would pass on. annhnyc(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. Katie says:

    I love the idea of putting hazelnuts into the cookies. It makes them look a little more special, and I bet the flavor is great. You’ve got some lucky loved ones in your life!

  42. melissa says:

    mmm looks delicious! my favorite cookies involve anything with peanutbutter! although…i have to say i’m also a sucker for a snickerdoodle fresh and hot from the oven…

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  43. Jen D. says:

    I love oatmeal raisin!

  44. teresa says:

    oh those cookies are so cute! they look delicious!

    chocolate chip, can’t help but love the classics!

  45. Debbie says:

    Believe it or not my favorite cookie is a Linzer Cookie…..I can’t find any down here in Virginia like the big ones in the bakeries on Long Island. I have Tate’s cook book and their cookies are wonderful!

  46. Gloria says:

    I love linzer cookies look amazing!!!

  47. Lynn says:

    I love shortbread cookies and especially when it is a thumbprint cookie with fondant icing or raspberry like your delicious looking cookies there. 🙂

  48. Unknown says:

    I love a good classic chocolate chip cookie!
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  49. Flo says:

    Those look delicious. I too favor the types of cookies that take way too much work and my favorite (though I’m not sure if they are really cookies) are red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting.

  50. That Girl says:

    Linzer cookies are definitely a labor of love.

  51. Karen says:

    My favorite cookie is peanut butter chocolate chip.
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  52. LeAndra says:

    I love white chocolate macadamia cookies. I’m particularly smitten when a few dried cranberries are mixed in. (leandra ‘at’ loveandflour ‘dot’ com)

  53. Anonymous says:

    Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    (Okay, so the name isn’t so simple buuut…hey. It’s delicious and actually pretty easy to make. I warned my sister about the addiction I have to them before teaching her the recipe. She’s on her 5th batch in 2 months!)

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  54. SarahPardee says:

    Yum! I love linzer cookies (and Tate’s!). My favorite cookies are black and white/ half moon cookies.

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  55. Christine says:

    Okay, wasn’t really going for this till I read “one that is laced with chocolate, hazelnuts, and a thick layer of raspberry jam” then, BAM, I fell. These sound divine. See, I’m not really a cookie person, I’m more of a starch person, pasta anything, bread anything. I also love the logic regarding your ROI, only getting 20 back…LOL! One question. Where do you find “2 cups toasted, skinned and VERY finely chopped hazelnuts”?

  56. I can just imagine the atmosphere by the window pane. perfect with a cuppa and a cookie and a book.

  57. Annie Patz says:

    Hey, I just stumbled upon your blog and all your recipes look amazing! These cookies are very pretty and they happen to be one of my favorite fruit n’ chocolate combos! SCORE!

  58. Kari says:

    I really hate rolling out cookie dough too. I’ve found doing it between two sheets of baking paper at least saves on cleaning time, which has made cookies a more appealing option than they were a few years ago 🙂 These look super appealing!

  59. Thick chunky chewy cashew butter cookies are my favorite!

  60. bellini says:

    Jam filled treats from Peak Freans haunts my childhood when I could eat as many cookies as I cared to with wild abandon.These are still a favourite.

  61. Raina says:

    These cookies look so pretty! I have to agree with you; roll out cookies can be a pain, but these definitely look like they were worth the effort. Love Tate’s Bake Shop! My favorite cookies are biscotti:)

  62. Tandy says:

    My favourite kind of cookie is chocolate fudge 🙂

  63. Martha says:

    Scrumptious! I’m not a big sweet eater but my favorite cookies are the spritz cookies one of my student aides made for me at Christmas. They were the best ever! I have to get that recipe! Have a great weekend 🙂

  64. these cookies look so delicious. thanks for the recipe. my favorite cookies are white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!

  65. Saguna says:

    Annoying fictional characters get to me too… Um, like even Rochester sort of pisses me off. Linzer torte in cookie form sounds really good. Labour-intensive, but completely worth it.

    My favourite cookie- if I had to pick juust one? Soft and crunchy pb cookies dipped in chocolate. Best of both worlds.

  66. Erica says:

    What a beautiful treat…. They look amazing, Joanne!My favorite kind of cookie is Alfajores!

  67. Cathleen says:

    I do this all the time with fictional characters, don’t worry 😉
    These look so good, I’m almost tempted to say that these cookies would be my favorite kind

  68. Hannah says:

    Peanut butter, straight up, cookies.

  69. I love that you baked the little center circles to munch on! These look tasty Joanne 🙂

  70. I love chocolate, chocolate chip cookies.
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  71. Anonymous says:

    while those look great it is too much work and attention to detail. what about making them as thumbprints instead? might have to increase the filling some but you get more out and not have to roll them….

    while my favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip i have a very powerful craving for a really good peanut butter cookie which i have unfortunately not found a recipe for.

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  72. Zillah says:

    Peanut butter blossoms. No matter what else I try, I always come back to those.

  73. Johanna GGG says:

    they look amazing and loving and just so the type of biscuits I never make but now wish I did

  74. Hotly Spiced says:

    These are so gorgeous and I can just imagine that with the hazelnuts, chocolate and raspberry jam, the flavour must be amazing xx

  75. Barbara says:

    No question, Tate shop cookies are the best. Luckily, they are available here. Nothing better than Linzer cookies and Linzer tortes! You did a super job with them. My favorite cookie? Giada’s Apricot Nut cookies. I make them all the time.

  76. Mary says:

    These look awfully good, Joanne. My favorite cookie is the Swedish Rosette. I love the darn things. I hope your week is off to a good start. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  77. Dining Alone says:

    My favorite cookie is definitely snickerdoodle but these look delicious.

  78. Your cookies are gorgeous, Jo!!! I also love the hazelnuts in here =) Hope you and the boy had a great weekend!

  79. Sarah says:

    peanut butter blossoms are my all time fave!

  80. Jenn Kendall says:

    so gorgeous Joanne! i am absolutely loving the hazelnuts in here!

  81. Yum, hazelnut and raspberry – you are speaking my language with these cookies Joanne!! I’ve never made linzer cookies but I always think they’re gorgeous when I see others post them.

  82. grace says:

    double the work, double the pleasure, in this case, anyway. my favorite cookies are snickerdoodles. 🙂

  83. rachel says:

    I love mocha moaners (found the recipe on

  84. Ashley says:

    Ok, I totally tried to comment on this yesterday from my iPod but it disappeared. I said something about how these are a true labor of love and they look beautiful. It was probably much more witty and well written then than it is now…since I’ve been dealing with a super cranky toddler all day today. These cookies would totally make that all better in so many ways!

  85. Reeni Pisano says:

    I have to be in a certain kind of mood for rolling out things too. . . I’m very impatient. These are totally cute! Nothing says I love you better than home made sweets especially when you put so much time into them. I love Tate’s!

  86. LOVE linzer cookies but never thought to make them at home. These would make quite the impressive Vday gift!

  87. I love chocolate thumbprint cookies

  88. I love chocolate thumbprint cookies

  89. sometimes the work is worth it 🙂 especially when it lights up his face! way to persevere!

  90. I want to make their chocolate chip cookies cause they are soo good and I was wondering if the recipe is in their cookbook?

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