Linzer Torte is a "cake" with a lattice design on top. The cookies are a small version of the Linzer Torte. Linzer Torte was named after the city of Linz, Austria. It is a crumbly pastry made of flour, butter, eggs, lemon zest, ground nuts and is covered with a filling of preserves (raspberry, apricot, red currant). Linzer is crisp if it is served on the same day it is made, but it will start softening up after a day or two.
Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest known "cake" in the world. Johann Konrad Vogel (1796-1883) is credited with first mass producing it, while Franz Holzlhuber, an Austrian baker is recognized for introducing it to America around 1856.
Linzer cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Hungary, but you can find them all year round in different shapes, sizes, flavors and designs.
If you decide to make them yourself, you can flavor the dough with lemon or orange zest or nuts (typically ground walnuts or hazelnuts). Two cookies are sandwiched together with a jam filling, but you can also use Nutella, lemon curd, Dulce de Leche and more...
You can also make it with sprinkles or ground nuts on top, or with a chocolate drizzle.
Here at Zserbó we make our Linzer flavored with both lemon and orange zest to give it an extra fruity flavor. We offer Raspberry, Apricot or Nutella fillings. Linzer is our best selling product and is now licensed for wholesale!
Everyone's favorite cookie!