A classic Austrian pastry gets an American twist in this peanut butter and jelly linzer torte, in which two peanut buttery layers of shortbread are filled with a layer of grape jelly to make delicious cookie sandwich.
peanut butter and jelly linzer torte

Within the first five minutes of meeting you, I will probably inquire as to what your favorite cookie is.

Don’t freak out! Let’s just be cool about this.

Mostly it’s so that I’ll know what ingredients I’ll need to stock up on in the event that I need to bribe you with baked goods at some point in our relationship.


But also because cookie preference is the most surefire judge of character.

And let’s not ever forget that.


CCC lovers are trendy classy cool.

White chocolate mac nut-ters have a secret wild side.

Double chocolate-ers?! You can’t even hold them down. (<– let’s be best friends)

Linzer torte lovers – errr urrrm uhhhh what now?



In fact, if you’ve never heard of them, don’t be ashamed. This just means that you don’t frequent all of the crappy corner bakeries in NYC that sell them in cookie form.

And you are neither my boss nor my brother, both of whom swear these are the bee’s knees. Total oldies but goodies.


My boss actually went so far as to gag a little when I told him I was going to trash up the oldest cake in the world (and his personal favorite) with the almighty PB&J combo.

And then I made it anyway.

And then he scarfed it down, because (spoiler alert!) it was good. Like, really good.

Dare I say peanut butter and jelly linzer tortes are now his new favorite? I dareth.

Those linzer torte lovers may be a tad bit stuck in their ways (since, oh, the 17th century or so), but at least they’re open to trying new things. I like that in a cookie consumer.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Linzertorte
A classic Austrian pastry gets an American twist in this peanut butter and jelly linzertorte, in which two peanut buttery layers of shortbread are filled with a layer of grape jelly to make delicious cookie sandwich.
Yield: 12 servings
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups roasted unsalted peanuts
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1½ cups Concord grape jelly
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, peanuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until the peanuts are coarsely ground. Add the butter and continue to pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand. Add the egg and egg yolk and process until the dough comes together.
  3. Transfer two-thirds of the dough to the pan and press it evenly into the bottom and about 1½ inches up the sides. Spread the grape jelly over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining dough over the top of the jelly. Bake the linzertorte until it is deep golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

peanut butter and roasted grape jelly popsicles

Peanut Butter and Roasted Grape Jelly Popsicles

From Around the Web:

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62 Responses to Peanut Butter and Jelly Linzer Torte

  1. I’ve never been interested in a linzer torte until now. LOVE!

  2. Sues says:

    YES to this. But also, how did I miss your peanut butter and jelly popsicles?? Is anything peanut butter and jelly NOT deliciously amazing??

  3. haha, I agree! Definitely a strange “fav”, but definitely a fun recipe to make once and a while! This torte is a total babe! My fav is definitely CCC…I’m trying to be trendy.

  4. I would devour these without pausing for breath! Lovely cookies Joanne 🙂

  5. Gorgeous dessert and of course, I can’t resist anything that has peanut butter and jelly in the title.

  6. Kathryn says:

    I love your take on a linzer torte – it’s hard to beat that PB&J combination.

  7. Peanut butter and jelly is such a fabulous combo. I can’t imagine anything I wouldn’t enjoy.
    This looks scrumptious! Haven’t made a torte in very long time.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

  8. o my…look at that thick cookie crust and streusel topping..one slice is definitely not enough for me. This looks dangerously delicious!

  9. Julia says:

    Feel free to bribe me with my favorite cookie any dern day. Chocolate chip cookies. I know, I know…nothing fancy…but those be my faves. This linzer torte is a real mind blow for me. Would it be weird if I slathered it in extra peanut butter?

  10. OMG yes! I can eat this whole thing! YUMMMMM!

  11. We could so be friends – I so adore double CCC – throw in some white chocolate and make it a triple CCC and you won’t ever be able to get rid of me! 🙂
    When I first saw “Linzer torte” on here – my sentiments were exactly “errr urrrm uhhhh what now?” but then I saw the pictures – Joanne, you can hold onto those two slices you cut – and give me the rest! I cannot wait to be partnered with you through the Leftovers club!
    Have a happy weekend!

  12. Yum! I’d be eating this for bfast, lunch, dinner, & dessert if they were in reach!

  13. Heather says:

    You had me at PB&J. I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a linzer torte… I’ve led a sheltered life. 😉

  14. I say all kinds of yes to this. All kinds.

  15. I’ll take a slice for breakfast or dessert! Love the combination of peanut butter and jelly and that crumble topping looks incredible!

  16. Lisa says:

    Gracious! Peanut butter and concord jam? I’m sold. You can buy my love with that.

  17. alyssa says:

    I have been on a PB&J kick – eating the combo out of a ramekin with a spoon – for the past week. This looks amazing.

  18. danielle says:

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip here – what does that say about me I wonder? This looks amazing!

  19. Pam says:

    I’ve never had a linzer torte before… I have to say, I think I would love it!

  20. I have just discovered your blog.. and I am so glad I did.. 🙂 What a Gorgeous Torte!! this torte looks mind-blowingly delicious… Love It! 😀

  21. Daniela says:

    Sweet temptation never looked better.
    Love your Linzer Torte with a twist.
    I’m originally from Austria and next time I’m visiting I’ll prepare your version and I’m sure my friends will love it!

  22. Monica says:

    Oh yes, you did! This looks incredible and I love how you represented with PB&J! : ) I’d glad chow it down any time of day.

  23. Danguole says:

    If anybody asked me what my favorite cookie is right when they met me… I think that would tell me even more (!!!) than THEIR favorite cookie, i.e. they must be my new best friend forever.

    This. Looks. So. Good.

  24. Kate says:

    I don’t know about other places, but linzer tortes in Austria (both cake and cookie) are amazing.

  25. Veronica says:

    You do love yourself some Pb&J! I totally approve. This looks and sounds amazing.

  26. Teffy Perk says:

    I’m trying to stay away from the insane amounts of peanut butter I currently consume, and this post definitely does not help! Might have to cave and continue with my pb obsession… X

  27. P says:

    I don’t have a favorite cookie flavor, but my favoriteS include snickerdoodle, peanut butter, plain sugar cookies, and chocolate chip—but only if the chips are warm, melty, and fresh from the oven!

  28. I remember making this a long long time ago 🙂 I think it is time to put this one on my to do baking list. Peanut butter is always at the top for baking treats in my household!

  29. Mmm … my goodness, this looks perfect! I’ve heard of linzer torte, but didn’t really know what it was. Now I know that it’s full of pb & j … tee hee!
    Oh, and I like all of those cookies that you described. What does that make me? (totally weird, probably….)

  30. Zainab says:

    Never heard of this torte but I’m in love! I’m the white chocolate mac nut group but now I’m thinking of my wild side 🙂

  31. what an awesome idea on a classic recipe.. love linzer torte – my austrian grandfather makes a KILLER one. definitely need to give your pb + j flavour combination a trial in my kitchen. love it!

  32. gloria says:

    Look amazing Joanne!!!

  33. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love this and I’m not surprised your boss is now a fan. It looks gorgeous, Joanne and I love the sound of the grape jelly. I’m now back home (sadly) but had a wonderful time and it was so wonderful having pizza with you xx

  34. Peanut butter and jelly is one of my favorite combinations. So, I am loving this torte. Looks delicious!
    Cookie wise, I’m a combo of… can’t even hold them down, trendy classy cool 😀

  35. The traditional Austrian version of this never appealed to me much, but your American spin off? I am smitten. What a great revamp of flavours!

  36. grace says:

    outstanding! the kid in me will always get excited about anything pb&j. 🙂

  37. Leah Davis says:

    I’ve never had a linzer torte but this sounds downright awesome. Peanut butter and jelly is one of my favorite combos too….delicious!!!

  38. Sammie says:

    Peanut butter and jelly never gets old!! This linzer torte is something new to me though! Love it!

  39. My favorite kind are those metal tin Danish butter cookies errrm when will you be shipping a batch to me?? 😉
    Although I’d never say no to a piece (read: the whole) of this mighty glorious pie….

  40. This is like the best version of pbj ever! And what does being a sugar cookie lover say about me???

  41. Isadora says:

    I will admit that I have never heard of these before, but now they are all I can think about! I’m a sucker for PB&J and I think I would enjoy it much more in a torte than a sandwich! This is a super cookie!

  42. Ambar says:

    That means we can totally be best friends because you just found a double-chocolate-er over here!!! lol

  43. Oh man would love to slice off a couple slices, wrap in plastic and have to brekkie with my espresso! Yum!

  44. what does it mean if I say ALL the cookies are my favorite? for reals.

    and this will totally make the list too!

  45. Alex says:

    So does this mean we are friends? I’m a total double chocolate girl. Sometimes with peanut butter chunks thrown in because besides peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever. This torte looks incredible!

  46. Reeni says:

    My secret wild side wants to come over to your linzer torte side! PB & jelly desserts are the best! And with streusel too. . .I cry. I want a big, honking slice.

  47. I love changing up recipes. You did a great job with this one. The torte looks yummy!

  48. Johanna GGG says:

    I can’t remember what a traditional linzer torte is like now and quite frankly I am not sure I like grape jelly as I don’t think I ever had it but I am now waiting on the day that you make chocolate linzer torte (yes please stock up on chocolate for me)

  49. I love how you gave this Austrian classic an American twist. I know it would be a favorite of mine as well. 🙂

  50. Lynn says:

    I think my new answer is ready now – just need to try these first, but pretty sure I’ll be pbjlt girl now. 🙂

  51. What about Snickerdoodle obsessed? I’m dying to have my own category!

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  53. Kelly says:

    This is one gorgeous torte! It’s new to me but I love the peanut butter and jelly combo and that crumble topping is just amazing! Love this!

  54. I’m a double-chocolate cookie kinda gal, but I think I could easily be converted into a PB and Jelly Linzer Torte lover if I were to have at least 10 pieces of this. 😀 Seriously amazing-looking, Joanne! I ADORE the pb&j combo in a dessert!

  55. Shannon says:

    this sounds amazing!!! I’ve got my mind set on trying a savory lindzer tart with my tomato jam… someday when I have time 😛

  56. You had me at peanut butter! PB&J is all grown up now in your dessert!

  57. My favorite cookie is plain old sugar, I’m pretty boring. But, you should absolutely feel free to bribe me with any type of cookie you may have. I’m also easy…

  58. One of my favorite flavor combos! I do enjoy linzer tortes, but they are no way my favorite. I’d love to QC this one, though!

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