Linzer cookies are named after the Linzer Torte, a pastry that has a dough lattice over a jam filling, that originated in the Austrian city of Linz.
Born in the City of Linz, the tart consists of a crust made from flour and ground nuts — traditionally almonds — filled with black currant preserves and topped with a lattice crust. Linzer cookies mimic the torte with their almond flour dough and fruit jam filling.
Linzer cookies freeze beautifully when sealed in an airtight container. For the best tasting cookie, freeze before filing with jam. The jam causes the cookie to soften a little so filling after they are thawed is best.