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Spiced Apple Butter Linzer Cookies

Sweet, easy to make, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! These Spiced Apple Butter Linzer Cookies are the only cookie recipe you'll need this holiday season.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Refrigeration Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 32 mins
Course: Cookies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Servings: 41
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Traci

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups apple butter
  • Powdered sugar, for finishing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, almond flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Stir in dry ingredients. Dough will be a little sticky.
  • Divide in 2.
  • Flatten each half of dough into a disc.
  • Wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Working with one disc at a time, on a floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4".
  • Cut out with 2" cookie cutter.
  • Using a 1/2" cutter, cut shape in center of half of cookies.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just starting to show color.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on sheet pan.
  • Remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • When cool, flip over the whole cookies and spoon 1 teaspoon of apple butter on each.
  • Sift a little powdered sugar on tops of the cookies with cut outs and place on top of apple butter.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • Don't have almond flour? No worries! Using a food processor, you can grind some almonds and have the same thing! Just remember it needs to be a very fine grind. No chunks!
  • You can use store-bought apple butter.
Expert Tips:
  • Be careful not to over-mix the cookie dough!
  • The dough should be refrigerated for at least an hour, but you can refrigerate it up to 24 hours.
  • Don't press too hard when assembling the cookies! You don't want the apple butter to smush out.
  • These cookies are really meant to be made and eaten within 24 hours of assembly. They won't keep for very long so, plan accordingly!
  • Feel free to bake the small cut outs from the top cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg