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Course: Filled Cookies, Rolled Cookies, Cutout CookiesCuisine: SwitzerlandDifficulty: Medium

A classic Swiss jam sandwich cookie. These are the Swiss version of a Linzer cookie, and they often cut out the middle of the top cookie as well.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1-1/4 cups butter

  • 2-1/4 cups ground blanched almonds

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 3-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • apricot or strawberry jam

  • powdered sugar


  • Beat the sugar and the butter together until light and fluffy. Beat in the almonds and the vanilla flavoring. Add the flour. Knead until smooth. Chill 1 to 2 hours. Preheat oven to 325 F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured cutting board to the thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch; the thinner, the better the cookie. Cut with small round, star or diamond-shaped cookie cutters. Place the cookies on lightly buttered and floured cookie sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove cookies from the baking sheet. Spread half the cookies with jam. Top with the remaining cookies, dip the edges into powdered sugar.


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(example: Sue in LA)

These Are wonderful! We are hosting a German exchange student and this is their Christmas tradition! We got to make these without doing all the conversions! Thank you!
- Trista in Maine

Just like home. I am German and these are the best cookies for Christmas.
- U. Doucette

My husband and I thought these were the most delicious, original, and pretty Christmas cookie yet! We make these every year.
- Anne

I make them for every cookie swap. Spitzbuben forever!
- Debbie

This is the recipe my mom from Switzerland worked from to make every year at Christmas. I carry on the tradition (but mass produce them) and send them to friends and family. They are awesome!
- Daniel

mmmmm...so good!! dont tell your guests the name lol
- yummy chef

I was born in Switzerland and grew up with these cookies. I made them for my husband one year and now he loves them when I make them.
- Elle Wolf

These cookies are very good, but I had problem with the dough. It was too dry to roll out. So, I put a little bit of water in it (1 tablespoon). It works very well and the cookies are perfects!!!
- Mumu

We love these & have made this exact recipe for years. I made them using melted semi-sweet chocolate chips in the middle instead of jam. I've tried it dusted with granulated sugar & with confect.sugar. I like them both ways, the granulated sugar tends to be sweeter.
- A Baker

I had my doubts about these cookies because, like typical shortbread, the dough was a little dry and crumbled easily. However, after the cookies baked, they were delectable. These were the number 1 hit cookie at my holiday party. Everyone raved about these bad boys. FYI, the cookies freeze well after baking. I baked the cookies last week, froze them and THEN I sandwiched the cookies on the day of the party.
- A Baker
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