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Sunday Snapshots : Czech Linzer Cookies

by Spicie Foodie on December 11, 2011

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Czech Christmas Cookies; Czech Linecke Cookies; Linecka kolecka; Central European Cookies; Cookies; Christmas cookies; Spicie FoodieIn early December we start seeing boxes of Czech Christmas cookies in all of the grocery stores and bakeries. The boxes have a collection of crumbly, soft, buttery, heavenly cookies. They are flavored with vanilla, chocolate, jams, nuts, cinnamon and meringue. I always feel like a little child ogling those boxes. I love them! So much so that I fantasize about sitting with a whole box and not stopping until there are but crumbs left. Sadly that fantasy has yet to come a reality. Maybe this my year will be the one?

Czech Christmas Cookies; Czech Linecke Cookies; Linecka kolecka; Central European Cookies; Cookies; Christmas cookies; Spicie FoodieMy favorite cookies out of those boxes are the Czech Linzer cookies. Guess what? Linzers are available year round and yes I eat them year round. Linzer cookies, or Linecke kolacky, are like or are shortbread cookies. Two cookies are sandwiched together with a fruit jam then dusted with powdered or confectioners sugar. Apparently the name Linzer is due to the fact that the cookies are meant to resemble Linzer Torte. The crumb is dry and they taste like sweet buttery heaven. Linecke Kolacky have always reminded me of Polish Kolacky- nummy nummy!

Czech Christmas Cookies; Czech Linecke Cookies; Linecka kolecka; Central European Cookies; Cookies; Christmas cookies; Spicie FoodieLinzers have origins in Germany, Poland, Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and of course Czech Republic. No one can agree as to who actually invented them. Does that really matter? I mean the important thing is that they exist. That they help me gain those few extra kilos over Christmas. And we all know that without those extra Linzer kilos we wouldn’t have the extra body fat to keep warm over the winter. No, much to horrible to think about. So people stop arguing and let us all be thankful for whomever invented Lizer cookies. Thanks Linzer cookie inventor dude or dudette!

Czech Christmas Cookies; Czech Linecke Cookies; Linecka kolecka; Central European Cookies; Cookies; Christmas cookies; Spicie FoodieYou that visit here often know that baking is not my forte. Confession time, I cheated with these cookies. I didn’t make the dough from scratch. Hopefully you baking pros and you my baking gurus won’t judge me. In the beginning of December fresh Linzer cookie dough is also on sale at the grocery stores. Perfect for those like me that rather stay in denial about all the yummy butter that goes into a Linzer cookies. But according to Czech Mate Diary rolling the dough is the hardest part. That’s great because you can burn off some calories then recharge with a few …dozen… cookies. To experiment on some instead of jam I used peanut butter and others Nutella. Yep, I went there.

Czech Christmas Cookies; Czech Linecke Cookies; Linecka kolecka; Central European Cookies; Cookies; Christmas cookies; Spicie Foodie; Nutella Linzer Cookies; Peanut Butter Linzer Cookies
A Christmas without Linzer cookies could be dangerous so you better makes some quick. Check out, no pun intended, these links to Czech Christmas cookie recipes.
- Czech Christmas cookies by Czech Mate Diary
- Czech Christmas Cookie Recipes – Vanocni Cukovri
- Czech Christmas Cookies by Expats.cz
- Linzer Cookies by Czech Under Scope

Czech Christmas Cookies; Czech Linecke Cookies; Linecka kolecka; Central European Cookies; Cookies; Christmas cookies; Spicie FoodieMy heart flutters with every Linzer cookie I eat. Hhm, I hope that is an “I’m in love” heart flutter and not a “I might be having a heart attack” heart flutter. Shrugging, I think I’ll have another cookie.

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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Betty @ scrambled henfruit December 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Beautiful cookies! Grocery stores where I live don’t carry the dough though…guess I need to make my own if I want some of these. (And I DO!)

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2 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Hi Betty, Oh too bad about the dough. So you’ll have to make them soon then :)

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3 Laura @ Family Spice December 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Nancy! You cheated?! LOL! I am relieved. I love to bake, but do not have patience for the decorating my creations. And I’ve been known to buy pre-made pizza dough pretty regularly!

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4 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Lol, Shh don’t tell anyone and I won’t tell your secret either ;) But these were still hard work. Mostly the part about having to wait to photograph them before having a few.

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5 Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Love your Christmassy presentation, Nancy. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Linzer cookies!

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6 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Thank you Hester! Happy Holidays :)

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7 Kaś December 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM

nice pics. cookies look amazing

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8 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Thanks Kas!

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9 Kim Bee December 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

They look delicious, loving the Nutella ones.

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10 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Thanks Kim!

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11 Liz December 11, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Oh, I love buttery cookies….and these are just gorgeous…especially the ones with the beautiful red jam filling~

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12 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Thank you Liz!

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13 Tanja December 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hi and thanks for linking to me. I love your pictures!!!!!! So beautiful :)) Glad that those cookies worked out great.
By the way, how do you mark your pictures with your website link? So that they don’t get stolen?

Thank you!

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14 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Hi Tanja, Thank you :) I put the copyright on my photos with Photoshop. You should be able to do it with other programs though. As long as the program gives you the ability to use text. I’ve had people steal them regardless but at least my link is on them, lol!

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15 Emily @ Life on Food December 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Oh I am going to be dreaming about the Nutella ones.

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16 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

You’ll have to make them Emily :)

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17 Island Vittles December 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I made linzers this week too! Yours look gorgeous…Theresa

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18 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Thanks Theresa!

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19 Sommer J December 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I love the idea of filling them with nutella!!! That is the only way my boys will eat this lol. The jam ones I prefer! Will give this a try!

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20 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Hi Sommer, Ah well your boys have great taste ;)

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21 The Baking Gypsy December 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Oooh looks wonderful!!! I love holiday baking! Your cookies are so festive and pretty!
Merry Christmas darling! :)

xoxo,
Tammy <3

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22 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Thank you Tammy! Merry Christmas to you as well sweetheart :)

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23 Asiya December 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Beautiful shots! I’ve never attempted to make these before…seemed to labor intensive especially when I have to watch 2 little ones who seem to be bouncing off the walls most days :)

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24 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Thanks Asiya. Maybe you can buy the dough or the ready made cookies instead :)

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25 Kiri W. December 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Mmmm, lovely! My favorites are the nutella ones, I often made them at home in Germany :) I miss baking with my dad like when I was little! Thanks for the memories :)

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26 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Hi Kiri, Aw that is such a sweet memory :)

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27 claudia lamascolo December 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM

As usual a mouth watering perfect cookie for the holiday these are perfect! Have a blessed holiday season!

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28 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Hi Claudia, Thank you and you too have a wonderful holiday season:)

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29 Amalia December 12, 2011 at 1:44 AM

I was just thinking of these cookies! I used to always eat them when I was younger, but I stopped as I got older for some reason. I know, sad, but now I really want to try making these now! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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30 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hi Amalia, Oh no that is horrible ;) I hope you do make some soon.

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31 Ann December 12, 2011 at 3:16 AM

They look delicious! I like the linzer cookies served the traditional way – with jam!

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32 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Thank you Ann :)

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33 Nishi December 12, 2011 at 3:52 AM

Beautiful cookies!!! They look very gorgeous. Just perfect for the upcoming Christmas :)

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34 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Thank you Nishi!

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35 Alyssa December 12, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Beautiful photos! Those cookies are lovely around the holidays!

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36 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Thank you Alyssa!

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37 Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM

They sell Linzer cookie dough over there? Boy, Nancy… you have such a tough life! LOL.

Because the end result of these cookies look so very pretty, I’m going to overlook the fact that you cheated with the dough and expect a big box of your home-*cut* Linzer cookies to arrive in the mail around Christmas time :).

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38 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM

LOL! Maya I had actually written your name after the part where I said not to judge me :) I’m roughing it over here! If I was guaranteed the cookies would arrive in their shape and not crumbs I would send you a big box. Tasty as the crumbs may be I don’t think that would be a good gift.

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39 Sonali December 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM

first time in your space…these cookies look really delicious n yummy !nicely done !glad to follow ur space here…do visit mine when u hav time :-)

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40 Spicie Foodie December 12, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Hi Sonali, Welcome and thanks :)!

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41 easyfoodsmith December 13, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Oh My! These looks awesome! Both the flavours sound awesome.

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42 Spicie Foodie December 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Thank you !

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43 Amy @ Gastronome Tart December 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

My Linzer cookies never seem to turn out this well :) They look delicious!

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44 Spicie Foodie December 13, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Amy I’m sure they turn out beautiful :)

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45 Ally December 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

With peanut butter? Nutella? Amazing!! Love the red ribbon wrapping.
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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46 Spicie Foodie December 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Thanks!

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47 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes December 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Beautiful pictures as always, Nancy! Congratulations on Top 9!! :)

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48 Spicie Foodie December 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Thanks Meagan!

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49 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes December 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Fabulous pictures as always, Nancy! Congratulations on Top 9!! :)

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50 Spicie Foodie December 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Thank you Meagan! Congratulations to you as well :)

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51 Asmita December 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Linzer cookies are my favorite. Easy to make and look so festive and are absolutely delicious! Love your presentation!

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52 Spicie Foodie December 14, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Hi Asmita, Thank you :)

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53 Luciana December 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

These cookies are gorgeous! Congrats on the Top 9!

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54 Spicie Foodie December 14, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Thank you Luciana :)

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55 Natalie February 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Omg! These look amazing!!! I love your food photography and the way you set up for each shot. Amazing work I am big fan!

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56 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Hi Natalie, Thank you :) Glad you stopped by.

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57 sweetashoney.co.nz July 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I was looking for Christmas in July cookies ideas. I found your blog and here I am! I am attracted by the nutella one. That is my favourite spread in the morning. Nice blog by the way and perfect pictures. Makes me feel hungry!

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58 Spicie Foodie July 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Thank you and enjoy the cookies!:)

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