These chocolate raspberry Linzer cookies are the perfect addition to any plate of Christmas cookies! They’re simple to make, full of rich decadent dark chocolate flavor, and even have a hidden healthy bonus! This Linzer cookie recipe is guaranteed to be a winner at any holiday parties!
Back before I was a blogger, I was a full-time project manager for a technology company in Northern Virginia. I was a part of an amazing team of people who worked hard and had a lot of fun doing it. One of the other women on the team took it upon herself to do a Christmas cookie day for the entire company (like 100 of us) every year. She literally spent an entire weekend baking cookies, bars, cakes, cupcakes, and pretty much anything else you could think of to bring into the office on a day in December. The day was always a surprise and the most amazing surprise.
After getting to enjoy the spoils of cookie day for three years, I decided it would be fun to help out with cookie day instead of just eating more than my fair share of treats. I only helped my friend out for like four hours but in that four hours, we made like eight different batches of cookies. One of the recipes I was assigned to make were these like oatmeal jam pie cookies, a spin on the traditional Linzer cookies. I had no idea how much I would love those jam sandwich cookies, but I did. Pretty sure I ate about half of them while I was at her house that weekend and only took half of them into the office on Monday.
These chocolate raspberry cookies are inspired by those jam sandwich cookies I had back in the day at my old job. I still can’t believe it’s been like five years since I quit, crazy!
Raspberry Chocolate Linzer Cookies
Instead of using the oatmeal cookie, I decided to go with one of my favorite flavor combinations – chocolate and raspberry – instead. This is a pretty traditional Linzer cookie recipe (adapted from this one) with a few major changes.
First, I really wanted to kick up the chocolate and raspberry flavor of the cookies, so I added some raspberry extract. To contrast the sweetness of the chocolate, I increased the salt a bit as well. I also added in a couple of scoops of Vital Protein’s brand new Dark Chocolate Blackberry Collagen Peptides because the stuff is delicious, and the collagen can help improve your hair, skin, nails, bone, joint health, and even digestion. My nails can use all the help they can get after all the gel manicures lately!
Ever since we got our canister of the chocolate peptides a few weeks ago, my husband has literally been making his own version of hot chocolate with it every day. I had to remind him not to eat the entire container because I needed it for this post! We are going to have a hard time going back to regular collagen peptides after the chocolate ones!
How to Make these Linzer Cookies
For me personally, the best part about Linzer cookies is actually making them. The basic idea is that you make two cookies for each cookie sandwich and you cut out a small shape from the top cookie before sandwiching them together. For these cookies, I used mini Christmas cookie cutters but you could easily make these with hearts for Valentine’s Day, eggs for Easter, or even just traditional circles for a baby shower.
Simply make the dough then let it chill until it’s stiff enough to handle. Roll them out, cut out the big shapes, then cut out the mini ones. Bake, let cool again, and sandwich together with raspberry jam in the middle. Try not to go overboard on the filling or you’ll end up with cookies no one wants to touch because they’re just an absolute mess!
Last but definitely not least, dust with powdered sugar. This is important in this recipe specifically because the cookies themselves aren’t super sweet. The powdered sugar adds a hint of sweetness that balances out the slightly salty dark chocolatey flavor of the cookies. And all of it together makes for one yummy dessert! I know I for one would love to get these on a plate of Christmas cookies this year!
Raspberry Chocolate Linzer Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen Peptides
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp raspberry extract
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- Cream butter.
- Add sugars to butter and beat until combined.
- Add Vital Proteins collagen peptides and cocoa powder then mix until combine.
- Beat in vanilla extract, raspberry extract, and egg.
- Add salt and flour. Beat until dough begins to form.
- Remove dough and place in a plastic bag (or in plastic wrap) and let chill for at least 2 hours. If dough is too hard when you take it out of the fridge, microwave for 10-15 seconds or until pliable, making sure not to microwave it too long.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough until about 1 inch thick.
- Cut out cookies using a 3 inch circle cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a non-stick silpat sheet.
- Before baking, use the mini cookie cutters to cut a shape out from half of the circle cookies you cut out previously. It's easier to do this once they're on the cookie sheet than to try and move them once cut out.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through but the bottoms are not burnt. Do not cook for more than 12 minutes as cookies will harden a bit while cooling.
- Move cookies from baking sheet to a cooling rack to cool.
- Once cookies are completely cooled, place a spoonful of jam on the bottom side of one cookie (without the shape cut out) and spread around, almost all the way to the edges. Carefully top jam with one of the cookies with the shape cut out, so the jam fills into the mini shape.
- Continue with all of the cookie sandwiches.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
- Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container until ready to eat.