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brown butter linzer cookies

Brown Butter Linzer Cookies

  • Author: Melissa-Smith
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 1-1.5 hours
  • Yield: 36 cookies


A delicately sweet, crunchy cookie that’s perfect for afternoon tea, a quick snack or a light bite after dinner. Browning the butter before creaming it with the sugar adds a beautiful nutty flavor to the dough while the cardamom and ginger in the recipe play off of the apricot jam. 


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (12 ounces)
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
  • 1 cup apricot or raspberry jam



Make sure to watch the butter carefully while browning to make sure it doesn’t over cook. As soon as it turns golden brown, remove the pot from the heat and pour the butter into your stand mixer bowl to avoid overcooking from the residual heat of the pot.

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Creaming
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: cookie, brown butter, winter baking, butter cookie, apricot jam, cookie recipe, winter cookie recipe,