Mulled Wine Linzer Cookies / Spitzbuben mit Gluehweingelee

Linzer cookies based on traditional Austrian Linzertorte, are one of the common Christmas cookies in Germany. They are nutty, rich and SWEET. Traditionally they are filled with black currant jam, but any other fruit preserves can be used to fill the cookies. Rather than almonds, nuts such as hazelnuts, pecan, can be substituted to make Linzer dough.

Created in Linz, Austria in the 17th century, the Linzer torte is the world's oldest torte recipe. Tortes use nuts rather than flour as the main dough ingredient. The Linzer torte features an almond-based crust filled with black current preserves and topped with a lattice crust. In the 19th century, the Linzer torte was adapted into the present-day Linzer cookie.
Recipe adapted from Spitzbuben mit Gluehweingelee

Mulled Wine JellyCookie Dough
  • 1 Orange
  • 100 ml Red wine
  • 180 g Canning sugar (3:1)
  • 2 Star anises
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 200 g Butter, cut into small pieces
  • 100 g Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 150 g Ground almond
  • 180 g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Spekulatius spice, optional
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  1. Cut the orange into halves, put the half of the orange face down on the juicer and rotate it to get the juice. Place orange juice, red wine, canning sugar, star anises, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for about 4 minutes. Strain the jelly through a sieve. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, pinch of salt and egg yolk until combined. Add in ground almond, spekulatius spice and flour. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands until you have smooth dough. Flatten the dough into a 5-inch disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
  3. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Roll out the dough into a 4mm thick round between 2 sheets of wax paper. Cut 2-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter and place them on the prepared trays. With half of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a heart or flower shaped cutter.
  4. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread mulled wine jelly thinly on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners' sugar and press the flat sides together. Fill the holes with little more jelly. Store them in your cookie box, separating the layers with waxed paper, and store for up to 2 weeks.


Namitha 8/12/10 17:43

Oh my ! they look so pretty. I loved the spicy wine jelly you prepared :-)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels 8/12/10 17:53

I love the idea to use mulled wine jelly in the filling. Now that sounds delicious! They're so pretty too!

Unknown 8/12/10 17:54

Your cookies look beautiful, absolutely perfect.
*kisses* HH

Mrs Mulford 8/12/10 17:55

My cup of tea is waiting - they look wonderful.

Belinda @zomppa 8/12/10 17:59

Mulled wine jelly? Lady, you are amazing. These are so delicate. Pour me a cup of tea to join in this party.

alison 8/12/10 18:00

your linzer cookies are perfect!

Kumi 8/12/10 18:01

As always, beautiful creation! Even though I've never had a mulled wine jelly, I can practically taste it looking at your pictures! Yum!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 8/12/10 18:03

As Pauline already said, these would be perfect with a cup of tea. They're marvelous and festive, Angie! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a cookies and cookbook giveaway today that you should enter!

Carol 8/12/10 18:16

They look so pretty! and nice with the mulled wine jelly, nice change! Linzer's are one of my all-time favorites! Wish I had a few this minute!

Terrianne, Call me Ree 8/12/10 18:17

I've always wanted to make these! Yours, as always, are GORGEOUS! I love all the flavors. They must be uber delicious, too. And perfect for the holidays! =)

Biren @ Roti n Rice 8/12/10 18:18

I love Linzer cookies and will be making some real soon. Yours look lovely and your mulled wine jelly sounds fantastic!

Roxan 8/12/10 18:33

Linzer cookies are also on my list of cookies to make for christmas. I got a linzer cutout set earlier this year and I've been patiently waiting for the holidays to roll around so I can make them. I just haven't found the time yet...

Lora 8/12/10 19:02

LOVE the glühweingelee! Beautiful cookies.

Dajana 8/12/10 19:05

They look beautiful, perfect little festive cookies, and the mulled wine jelly, that must be a wonderful addition

Cynthia 8/12/10 20:15

Love the idea of mulled wine cookies!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 8/12/10 20:17

I love linzer cookies, I love the wine jelly in them! What a smart combo. Your came out so good too!

Jason Phelps 8/12/10 20:26

I love mulled red wine. It is one of our two special features (other is a holiday beer tasting) at our holiday open house this coming Sunday. In cookie form is just plain crazy!!!


Nisrien | Dinners & Dreams 8/12/10 20:39

Angie, these are almost too pretty to eat but I'd eat them anyway :)

Unknown 8/12/10 20:55

i loved mulled wine and jam with love oh Christmas is very much here!

Ivy 8/12/10 21:06

They look so beautiful Angie and I bet they must tast wonderful.

Anonymous 8/12/10 21:14

if at all, I have any inclination towards baking, its cos of u..pls continue to inspire one and all. the cookies look awesome

Krishnaveni 8/12/10 21:16

my fav cookies, looks so pretty

Stella 8/12/10 22:34

Pretty! I always love when I see something this pretty hanging out on a table during the holidays;) Even more so knowing they are homemade...!

Chef E 8/12/10 22:54

Brilliant! I did not even have to read anymore, but I did...a client used to give me these cookies, but they would have been even better with the mulled wine addition...did I say Brilliant Angie...gosh I wished we lived closer...

Evan @swEEts 8/12/10 23:22

My Oma (swiss grandmother) makes these every year! My father absolutely adores them, as do I! Yours look fabulous and that jam sounds mighty tasty!

Madhura Manoj 8/12/10 23:27

Cookies looks so beautiful.Great presentation.

[Reply] 9/12/10 00:21

Angie, they're so elegant and festive....the perfect Christmas cookies. Love that you used mulled wine jelly instead of jam for the center.

WendyinKK 9/12/10 00:25

When I was a kid, I've always loved cookies like these, but even when I'm no longer a kid, I still love them :)

BTW, I'm really worried abt the unbaked jam making the cookie soggy later, will it?

tasteofbeirut 9/12/10 00:42

I would devour these in a heartbeat! what a brilliant idea to use wine mulled jelly (inverse the adjectives, sorry) in this recipe!

Hornsfan 9/12/10 00:57

Angie, these are just beautiful Christmas cookies!

Jeannie 9/12/10 01:28

Another lovely cookie recipe to bookmark! Thanks for sharing Angie:D

Heather S-G 9/12/10 01:29

They're absolutely beautiful, Angie! I do love mine w/ almond, but this version sounds equally fantastic :D

Lisa H. 9/12/10 01:58

A lovely gift for Christmas..:)

j3ss kitch3n 9/12/10 02:02

awww these cookies looks very pretty! a great christmas cookies i bet!

tigerfish 9/12/10 03:22

Such festive looking cookies. You are so talented!

Unknown 9/12/10 05:14

The heart cutouts in these linzer cookies is so sweet. Linzer is a favorite in my family. The mulled wine jelly inside sounds so luxurious!

chow and chatter 9/12/10 05:16

wow I want a few of these and beautiful presentation as ever Angie

Unknown 9/12/10 05:39

I love this jam recipe.

Cristina - TeenieCakes 9/12/10 08:27

These are so pretty and festive looking - and very interesting using red wine in the jelly. :)

noobcook 9/12/10 08:55

very festive and pretty!!

pigpigscorner 9/12/10 08:56

Love the spicy jelly filling, very festive!

delphcotecuisine 9/12/10 09:09

gorgeous and wonderful
bises from France

3 hungry tummies 9/12/10 11:30

I love mulled wine and I bet these taste fabulous !

Paul Jennette 9/12/10 13:56

Perfect!! your holiday cookies look amazing. I have never made mulled wine, it's really perking my interest. As always your photo's look fabulous!!
P.S. I'm holding a Holiday Giveaway on my blog - come on over and play!!

Unknown 9/12/10 14:17

Those look too pretty to eat...but I would eat them anyway :)

kitchen flavours 9/12/10 14:24

Your cookies are lovely, perfect for the coming festive holidays! I love the wine jelly! Never heard of Spekulatius spice, it sounds very special!

Faith 9/12/10 15:07

Your linzer cookies are stunning! They sound delicious and I love the mulled wine jelly!

Anonymous 9/12/10 16:00

Love this idea!

Reeni 9/12/10 16:04

These are one of my favorites Angie! So pretty and so scrumptious! They should be on everybody's cookie tray.

Angie's Recipes 9/12/10 20:30

@wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more
I wouldn't fill the cookies all at once..or prepare them before serving. So they wouldn't get soggy too quick.

Anonymous 9/12/10 20:47

These are picture perfect and totally delicious looking!

A Canadian Foodie 9/12/10 21:16

I love these and have started making them a few years ago... and LOVE the idea of the mulled wine jelly... I am a traditionalist and have consistently used raspberry - then veered over to red currant... now, I will try this!

Carolyn 9/12/10 22:32

These are so beautiful and you had me at mulled wine!

Claudia 9/12/10 22:47

Angie - that wine jelly is inspired. It's just what those Linzer cookies needed! (It's just what I need, also) and they are sparkling!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron 10/12/10 01:43

Muled wine jelly!? that sounds terrific Angies! I just made jam last night and this is perfect cookies to go with it. You are such a talented baker! All your baked goods look so good!

OohLookBel 10/12/10 02:23

These look amazing! I don't think I could make them, but I could definitely eat a whole plate!

Beth 10/12/10 04:03

I don't think I have the patience to make these cookies, but they look absolutely wonderful!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 10/12/10 05:06

Linzer cookies always make me ooo and aaah because they're so pretty, but for some reason I've yet to taste or make them. Yours are, of course, as beautiful or more as any others I've seen.

Unknown 10/12/10 05:54

Looks pretty and cute...

Pei-Lin 10/12/10 06:49

Angie, I've always loved Linzers ... Wondering how does this mulled-wine jelly taste like ... Interesting!

Monet 10/12/10 07:05

I have never made these before, but I certainly have enjoyed a few! Yours look so beautiful with all the different cut-out shapes in the center. Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a wonder-filled Friday!

Boulder Locavore 10/12/10 12:05

These are genius! Mulled wine IN the cookie? Does it get any better than that (I don't think so)?! These are beautiful and so perfect looking Angie. I have a feeling mine might not look so dainty on the first try but I'm willing to give it a go (can I DRINK some mulled wine while I make them?).

Cherine 10/12/10 15:08

I love linzer cookies. Yours look absolutely amazing, and I love the filling!!

Sarah Naveen 10/12/10 16:16

so flavorful and yummy cookies..beautiful pictures too

Emily Z 10/12/10 19:39

I am sure I am not the first to suggest this, but have you ever considered opening up a bakery or a small business with all of your baked goods? You do SUCH a good job and they always look perfect! I am impressed by you over and over again!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 11/12/10 00:12

I love Linzer cookies! They are beautiful and the texture of the dough is so appealing to me. The red wine mulled jelly sounds just perfect for Christmas!

Unknown 11/12/10 02:07

I've made these kind of cookies once before but not with such a unique jelly filling. They are a beautiful traditional Christmas cookie and I would love to have cookies like this on my table to share for the holidays, thanks for sharing:)

Elisabeth 11/12/10 03:14

Angie-These Linzer cookies not only look amazing, but with the mulled wine jelly, must be so over the top yummy!
Thanks for sharing!

theUngourmet 11/12/10 07:37

So pretty! I love the dusting of confectioner's sugar. I made thumbprint cookies with almond flour today. I love the nice texture and flavor it adds.

Elin Chia 11/12/10 12:04

Gorgeous cookies and as usual I am drooling and salivating now just looking at them thru the screen :)

Jo 11/12/10 12:45

Angie, the cookies look absolutely divine!

Dimah 11/12/10 18:10

Your cookies look really pretty!

Raina 12/12/10 03:21

What a beautiful cookie. I have never seen mulled wine jelly. I bet it is wonderful. I would love to try these. Not sure I could get mine to look as pretty as yours, though:)

Cheah 12/12/10 10:42

So pretty those linzer cookies! Can't help drooling!

Jennie 12/12/10 22:01

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about these cookies! After being in Germany at Christmas time, I have come across an abundance of delicious cookies. My favorite so far are Hildabrotchen! I love the sound of these Angie! Totally bookmarking!

grace 13/12/10 11:09

first of all, that jelly would be amazing on its own. however, i can't say i wouldn't prefer it squished between two cookies. :)

Savoring Italy 14/12/10 03:37

These are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. You did a beautiful job with them Angie:)

Sharon Moh 14/12/10 13:42

These are gorgeous!! And looks delicious!

Shirley 14/12/10 19:20

I just made linzer cookies, but I'd never heard of mulled wine ones! They sound great and look beautiful.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 17/12/10 18:05

What an elegant filling for a cookie - and how beautiful they look! With all the wonderful cookies I've been seeing around the blogosphere, I am tempted to serve nothing but cookies for Christmas :D

OysterCulture 18/12/10 01:58

Another yummy creation and how creative to use mulled wine. Love the idea.

Dajana 22/12/10 10:57

Hi, Angie, I made these yesterday, and they're simply adorable. Delicious and perfect for holidays.
Best wishes

Unknown 22/12/10 22:04

These cookies are just absolutely beautiful. I love how elegant they look, and they must taste wonderful too. Cookies filled with any sort of jelly are always incredibly tasty. I like how you shared some of the history behind the cookie as well. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!


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