Looking for buttery and chocolatey cookies to prepare for the holidays? We have got you covered!
These Linzer cookies are filled with a creamy hazelnut dark chocolate filling! We even sneaked in a few drops of orange extract for extra holiday vibes!
🥣 How to Make Linzer Cookies
It starts with vegan butter that is creamed with coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Next, add all-purpose flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, and knead until it forms a dough.
Flatten the dough into a thin rectangle and refrigerate for 1 hour. Chilling the dough helps make it firmer and easier to handle.
The amount of cookies you will get really depends on the size of your cookie cutters, we made 10 large cookies and used the leftover dough to make smaller, unfilled cookies.
Now let's talk about the chocolate filling that requires just 2 ingredients: dark chocolate chips and nut butter.
Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler, stir in the nut butter, and let cool. It's as easy as that! For a little extra flavor and holiday vibe, you can add a couple of drops of orange extract, it goes perfectly with the dark chocolate!
Since these cookies are very buttery, they are quite fragile. Handle them carefully while adding the filling.
As opposed to the traditional way of making Linzer cookies, we first stacked two cookies and then poured the chocolate filling in the middle. It's easier and there is less risk of breaking the cookies.
- Can I make these cookies gluten-free? I tried this recipe with both, all-purpose flour as well as a gluten-free 1:1 mix, and both worked great!
- Which nut butter works best for the chocolate filling? I personally love using hazelnut butter for a Nutella-like flavor. Almond butter, cashew butter, or tahini work great as well.
- Can I substitute the coconut sugar? Yes, feel free to use white or brown sugar.
- Should the chocolate filling be liquid or firm? The filling should have the consistency of Nutella, thick but very soft. If it is too liquid, refrigerate it a few minutes. You don't want the filling to be firm otherwise you will probably break the cookies while trying to spread it.
These cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, infused with vanilla, and filled with a creamy dark chocolate filling! Everyone will love them!
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Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Chocolate Linzer Cookies (Vegan)
- ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup nut butter I used hazelnut butter
- ⅛ teaspoon orange extract optional
- Melt the dark chocolate chips over a double boiler. Once melted, transfer to a small bowl and stir in the nut butter and orange extract if using. Once fully combined, cover and let cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
- Place the vegan butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl. Beat the butter with the sugar for 1-2 minutes, or until sugar is almost dissolved (you can use a stand mixer).
- Next, add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and knead until you get a smooth dough. If the dough appears too crumbly, add ¼ teaspoon of water and knead again.
- Divide the dough in half. Transfer one half to a sheet of parchment paper. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and flatten the dough into a rectangle with a ⅛-inch thickness (about 3mm). Do the same with the other half. Transfer the flattened dough to a baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Cut out cookies using your favorite cookie cutters and carefully transfer the cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using smaller cookie cutters, cut out the center of half of the cookies. You can gather the scraps and re-roll the dough to cut out more cookies.
- Bake for about 7 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- To fill the cookies, stack the "cut-out" cookies on top of the full ones. Using a spoon, fill the inside with 1-2 teaspoons of the chocolate filling. Refrigerate the cookies for 30-40 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.