Peanut Butter & Jelly Linzer Cookie

April 2, 2014

Cinema and Spice Linzer Cookie We were both fans of the linzer cookie growing up, and we have been looking for an opportunity to make them.  For the longest time we thought there wasn’t enough of an interesting twist to make it worth adding it to the litany of recipes that already exist out there. But then one day, we sat down and brainstormed for “national peanut butter & jelly day” (WHY IS THAT A THING) and it dawned on us that the linzer cookie would be an excellent pb&j vehicle.  And thus, the pb&j linzer cookie was created. We think you’ll love it. Cinema and Spice Linzer pb&j cookie Feel free to use a traditional linzer cookie cutter (the kind with the scalloped edges) if you prefer.  We just went with a biscuit cutter and a random star we had laying around.  Very patriotic.


  • 2/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 12 oz jar of strawberry jam


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Pulse the peanuts in a food processor with 1/4 cup of the sugar.  Make sure not to over-process so they don’t turn into peanut butter!  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.  In a separate large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar/nut mixture until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Then beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.  Lastly, add in the flour and mix until just combined.  Flatten the dough into two disks and wrap each in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least two hours. Once chilled, roll the dough out between waxed paper and cut out circles (we used a 2.5 inch cookie cutter).  For half of the cookies, cut an additional shape out of the middle of each.  Bake these shapes or reincorporate the dough back into the mixture, whichever you prefer!  Bake the cookies for 9-13 minutes.  Once fully cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar on the cookies that will be the top layer.  Fill each cookie sandwich with jam, and enjoy! Makes about 18 cookie sandwiches LInzer Cookie Cinema and Spice

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