French Toast Casserole

This French toast casserole recipe is the easiest way to make French toast for a crowd. Instead of standing at the stove, flipping slices to order, you pile cubed bread into a casserole dish, douse it in a rich, cinnamon-spiced custard, and bake it wit…


This French toast casserole recipe is the easiest way to make French toast for a crowd. Instead of standing at the stove, flipping slices to order, you pile cubed bread into a casserole dish, douse it in a rich, cinnamon-spiced custard, and bake it with pecans and brown sugar on top. It’s a breeze to assemble on the morning you plan to serve it, but if you want to streamline this French toast casserole recipe even more, you can put it together the day before and let it sit overnight in the fridge. The next morning, all you have to […]

Blueberry Scones

The best scones are buttery, flaky, and moist inside. They’re crisp and crumbly around the edges, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee or tea. Scones can get a bad rap for being bland or dry (my husband Jack swore he didn’t like them fo…


The best scones are buttery, flaky, and moist inside. They’re crisp and crumbly around the edges, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee or tea. Scones can get a bad rap for being bland or dry (my husband Jack swore he didn’t like them for years), but when they’re prepared well, they shouldn’t be either of those things. I’m sharing my favorite blueberry scones recipe below. It’s easy to make with 10 basic ingredients, and it yields tender, flavorful, bakery-worthy scones every time. If you’re on the fence about scones, I think it’ll win you over. Even Jack will tell […]

Matcha Cookies

These matcha cookies are my kind of cookies. They’re easy to make. They’re as cute as can be. And while they satisfy my sweet tooth, they’re not just sweet. Matcha powder gives these cookies complexity. If you’re not familiar wi…


These matcha cookies are my kind of cookies. They’re easy to make. They’re as cute as can be. And while they satisfy my sweet tooth, they’re not just sweet. Matcha powder gives these cookies complexity. If you’re not familiar with matcha, it’s a Japanese green tea powder made from shade-grown, finely ground green tea leaves. Its earthy, grassy, and subtly bitter taste shines through in these cookies, balancing their sweetness perfectly. Bonus: it makes them bright green! These matcha cookies have crisp edges, tender middles, and a white chocolate shell on top. They’re unique and delicious. You have to try them! Matcha […]

The 4 Best Bundt Pans of 2024

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If you really want to make an elegant and decadent looking dessert, a bundt cake is TOTALLY the way to go! My Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake, Banana Bundt Cake, or Apple Bundt Cake always look amazing when you’re serving, especially with a drizzle of glaze or a shake of powdered sugar on top. Plus,…

Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are traditional Austrian jam-filled sandwich cookies! This classic recipe is simple to whip up at home. When it…

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Linzer cookies are traditional Austrian jam-filled sandwich cookies! This classic recipe is simple to whip up at home.

Linzer Cookies

When it comes to Christmas cookies, here’s one type we can’t resist: Linzer cookies! This classic Austrian sandwich cookie stars buttery almond shortbread with fun cutout window to show a layer of fruity preserves, making a treat that’s nuanced and just sweet enough. This recipe spells childhood nostalgia for us, and here we’re sharing a traditional recipe for this classic cookie!

Ingredients in linzer cookies

Linzer cookies are a shortbread jam-filled sandwich cookie based on the Austrian dessert Linzer torte, a tart made with ground nuts and fruit preserves. Linzer cookies bring in those signature flavors by making a shortbread with both all-purpose flour and almond flour, which gives it a complex, nutty flavor. The traditional shape features cut-out windows where the jam shows through.

This recipe comes from my dear Austrian friend Milena’s mother: Milena currently lives in Vienna, but we grew up together in Minnesota eating Linzer cookies at the holidays. This recipe has the nostalgia of childhood all over it for us, and it’s perfect for the holidays, Valentine’s Day, or any time you need a sweet treat. Here’s what you’ll need for classic Linzer cookies:

  • Flour
  • Almond flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Fine sea salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Raspberry jam or other fruit preserves
  • Powdered sugar

Tip: use almond flour, not almond meal!

Avoid using almond meal for Linzer cookies: look for almond flour when you are shopping. You should be able to find it at your local grocery, depending on your location.

  • Almond flour is made from blanched almonds, or almonds with their skins removed. It’s ground very finely, resulting in a fluffy texture in baked goods.
  • Almond meal contains the skins, making it darker brown in color instead of off-white like almond flour. It has a coarser grind than almond flour and results in denser, chewy texture in baked goods.
Linzer cookies

Linzer cookies are a cutout cookie with a twist! Instead of cutting out just one cookie, you’ll need two: a cookie with a window and a solid cookie. There are special cookie cutters just for this purpose, but you can also use a alternative based on what you have at home.

  • Option 1: Use a Linzer cookie cutter. We like this Linzer cookie cutter. It comes with various cutout window shapes: hearts, stars, flowers, etc. It is worth buying if you plan to make Linzer cookies multiple times!
  • Option 2: Use a 2-inch circular cutter and a smaller shape for the window. If you happen to have both of these shapes on hand, it’s easy to make your own version of cutout cookies!
Linzer Cookies

Tips for making the cookies

Linzer cookies are a fun baking project that results in visually-stunning, sugar dusted cookies with bright shapes of jam. There are a few notes for how to put together this recipe:

  • Chill the dough 1 to 3 hours. This is important with a cutout cookie dough: you’ll want it nice and cold to get uniform shapes.
  • Gently roll the dough slightly less than 1/4-inch thick. This makes just the right thickness for the finished cookie.
  • Simple cutout window shapes (like circles and hearts) are easier to cut out. The stars were a little trickier to cut, and they became more distorted when baked. But, they still turned out great.
Linzer Cookies

Once you’ve made your linzer cookies, you probably won’t be eating all 30 at once. How to store them? Here are some tips and notes about storage:

  • The cookies taste crisp the first day, then soft after storage. They’re delicious both ways, but we like the soft version best!
  • Store in a container with a few layers of parchment paper or foil between each. The powdered sugar on the bottom layer of cookies after a few days, so it’s good to protect between each layer.
  • Store at room temperature for 2 days or refrigerated up to 2 weeks. With room temperature storage, the powdered sugar can start to melt on the cookies that are stacked in layers beneath other cookies. We recommend storing them refrigerated for longer term storage. 
  • Or, freeze for up to 3 months. The powdered sugar topping is a little fragile, so keep in mind the cookies look best when they are fresh.
Linzer Cookies

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Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes (plus 1 hour chill time)
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 to 32 cookies

Description

Linzer cookies are traditional Austrian jam-filled sandwich cookies! This classic recipe is simple to whip up at home.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240 g) flour, sifted
  • 1 cup (120 g) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅓ cups raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, almond flour, cinnamon and salt. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the butter and sugar. Beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix on low speed until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture and continue mixing on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Divide the dough into two disks. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Take one disc of dough out of the fridge and place it on a floured surface. Using a light touch, roll the dough out until it is slightly less than 1/4-inch thick. Use plenty of flour on the counter and the rolling pin to prevent sticking. Moving quickly so the dough remains chilled, use a linzer cookie cutter (or a 2-inch round cutter and smaller heart-shaped cutter) to cut an equal number of cookies with and without a hole in the center. Place excess dough back in the refrigerator and re-roll it after it’s chilled again (after baking the first sheet). Place the cookies on a baking sheet and refrigerate the sheet for 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer the baking sheet directly to the oven and bake for 11 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool the cookies for 1 minute on the cookie sheet. Then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Repeat with remaining disc of dough and re-rolled scraps of dough.
  7. Cool the cookies completely, at least 15 minutes. Then sift powdered sugar the cookies with the cutout centers. On the bottom cookies, spread a layer of jam about 1/8” thick (about 2 teaspoons per cookie), not quite to the edges of a cookie. Then very gently press on the top cookie to sandwich the jam. 
  8. Repeat for all cookies to make 30 to 32 sandwiches. Store room temperature with several sheets of parchment paper between the cookies for up to 2 days*, or refrigerated for 2 weeks. You can also freeze for up to 3 months. The cookies taste crispy the first day, and become softer after storage (both delicious, but we prefer the softer version!).

Notes

*With room temperature storage, the powdered sugar can start to melt on the cookies that are stacked in layers beneath other cookies. We recommend storing them refrigerated for longer term storage. 

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Austrian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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The Best Banana Cookies

This banana cookies recipe is the best, hands down! Each bite is soft and chewy, infused with the rich flavor…

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This banana cookies recipe is the best, hands down! Each bite is soft and chewy, infused with the rich flavor of brown butter and spiced with warm cinnamon.

Banana Cookies on a tray with bananas and cinnamon sticks

Forget everything you thought you knew about banana cookies. These are the absolute best, hands down! The brown butter infuses them with a rich, nutty flavor, while the warm cinnamon adds a touch of spice that takes them to the next level. Every bite is soft, chewy, and bursting with the delicious taste of ripe bananas. You won’t be able to resist them!

Why these are the best banana cookies

These banana cookies are the absolute best, and here’s why: they have the best banana-scented flavor and chewy, buttery texture. We had one ripe banana on hand and wanted cookies, but didn’t want to create just another blob-like cakey cookie like many cookies with banana. No, this had to be buttery, chewy, and crinkly (if possible). And we achieved it! Here’s what make these cookies great:

  • They have a chewy, soft and crinkly texture. When adding fruits like banana and pumpkin to cookies, they can get very cakey instead of buttery. Like our pumpkin cookies, these banana cookies have just enough butter to make the perfect texture.
  • Brown butter adds rich, caramel undertones. Brown butter adds nuanced flavor notes that take these cookies over the top.
  • Our friends and family can’t resist them! When we made these, our friends and family couldn’t stop talking about them. (Wow, that is good!) So we knew this recipe was a winner.
  • They store well. Cookie storage is important, since you’re likely not going to eat them all at once. These hold up very well at room temperature, refrigerated, or frozen.
Banana Cookies

The most important part: a ripe banana!

This banana cookies recipe requires just one ripe banana, which is nice for when you don’t have enough bananas on hand for banana bread or banana muffins.

As with any banana baked good, you’ll want a very ripe banana: the blacker the better! Bananas with a blackened peel bring added moisture, sweetness, and pure fruity flavor to baked goods like bread, muffinspancakes, cookies, cake, and more. Don’t try making this recipe with anything but an extremely ripe banana.

Banana Cookies

Tips for baking banana cookies

Cookies can be temperamental, and banana cookies are no different. It’s challenging to get cookies that look perfectly identical. Here are a few tips for upping your baking game:

  • Use a cookie scoop. If you have a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop, it’s helpful for portioning the dough perfectly.
  • If you have high quality non-stick cookie sheets, you can bake both sheets at once. This has become our preferred method for cookies. We recommend using two of these non-stick cookie sheets for the most even bake (keep reading for more).
  • If not, bake each tray separately. Refrigerate the cookie dough while the first tray bakes.
  • Remember, the crinkles happen while the cookies cool. You’ll remove the cookies when they are puffed, then they will cool and settle into crinkles.

Another tip for this banana cookies recipe is the quality of pans matters! We’ve experimented and when we used shiny aluminum pan with parchment paper, the size and shape of the cookies was completely off. However, baking on this non-stick cookie sheet worked great.

So, we recommend using two of these non-stick cookie sheets for the most even bake! The entire batch baked on these, rotating the sheets in the middle of baking, should come out out beautifully consistent.

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Optional: add a glaze

Want to step up these banana cookies? You can add a glaze or icing! Keep in mind that the glaze adds additional moisture so the cookies don’t hold up as well during storage. You’ll want to store the cookies refrigerated for best results with a glaze. You can either add an icing drizzle with a fork or dip the cookies into the glaze. Here are a few ideas:

Storage for banana cookies

These banana cookies hold up well over time. This is a must for cookies in our opinion, since you’re making them in such a big batch. Here’s what to note about storing these cookies:

  • Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 1 week. The texture holds up well: no need to add anything to the container.
  • Store refrigerated for 2 weeks. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  • Store frozen for up to 3 months. 

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The Best Banana Cookies


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 to 26

Description

This banana cookies recipe is the best, hands down! Each bite is soft and chewy, infused with the rich flavor of brown butter and spiced with warm cinnamon.


Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mashed very ripe bananas

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the butter into pieces and place it in a skillet over medium heat. Heat for about 5 minutes until it melts, turns foamy, and then becomes golden brown in color and smells nutty. Immediately remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Transfer to the freezer for 15 minutes to cool (you can also do this in advance and cool it to room temperature).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Add the cooled browned butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and mix on High speed for 1 minute, until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract, and beat on High speed for 1 minute. Add the mashed banana and mix just until incorporated, scraping once. Pour in the bowl of dry ingredients and mix on Low speed until just combined.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place ¼ cup granulated sugar on a plate. Roll the dough in 1 ½ tablespoon balls, using a cookie scoop if possible, then roll the ball into the plate of sugar. Repeat to make 2 trays of 12 cookies (24 to 26 total).
  6. Add the trays to the oven and bake 12 to 13 minutes, until puffed, reversing the trays at the 7 minute mark (the cookies will settle into the crinkles when the cool.) Allow to cool on the pan 5 minutes before removing to a baking rack.
  7. Store at room temperature for about 1 week, refrigerated for 2 weeks (bring to room temperature before serving), or frozen for 3 months (un-iced cookies freeze best).
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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21 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Let’s make Christmas cookies! The holiday season is here, and I’m ready to bake. Every year, I make Christmas cookies to share with friends and family. These sweet treats are my favorite way to spread holiday cheer. They look so festive—cut…


Let’s make Christmas cookies! The holiday season is here, and I’m ready to bake. Every year, I make Christmas cookies to share with friends and family. These sweet treats are my favorite way to spread holiday cheer. They look so festive—cut into seasonal shapes, decorated with icing, or dusted with powdered sugar—and they taste delicious. If you want to make someone smile this season, gift them a Christmas cookie tray. Just be sure to save some cookies for yourself too! I’ve rounded up my best Christmas cookie recipes below. They range from classics like gingerbread and sugar cookies to unique treats […]

Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Shortbread cookies are perfect for the holidays, but they’re so delicious that I make them all throughout the year. They have crisp edges, a buttery flavor, and a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. When I want a little treat to enjoy with a coff…


Shortbread cookies are perfect for the holidays, but they’re so delicious that I make them all throughout the year. They have crisp edges, a buttery flavor, and a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. When I want a little treat to enjoy with a coffee or tea, shortbread cookies always hit the spot. I’ve previously shared a lemon shortbread cookie recipe and an orange shortbread cookie recipe, but this classic shortbread recipe is the one I make the most. The cookies are simple, scrumptious, and easy to make with 5 ingredients. Add them to a Christmas cookie plate this season, or keep them […]

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

I’m making this vegan pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving this year, and I already can’t wait. I’ll never turn down a slice of pumpkin pie—it’s been my favorite Thanksgiving dessert since I was a kid. But this vegan pumpkin pie …


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Vegan Pie Crust

This vegan pie crust recipe rivals any regular pie crust I’ve tried. It has a perfect tender, flaky texture, and it’s easy to make in the food processor with just 4 ingredients. Even beginners can pull it off! I adapted this vegan pie crust…


This vegan pie crust recipe rivals any regular pie crust I’ve tried. It has a perfect tender, flaky texture, and it’s easy to make in the food processor with just 4 ingredients. Even beginners can pull it off! I adapted this vegan pie crust from my all-butter pie crust, making a few minor tweaks to the recipe. For starters, I used dairy-free butter and omitted the salt because good-tasting vegan butter is always salted. Then, I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe. Vegan butter is significantly softer than regular butter, so I needed less to make a pliable […]