Linzer Bars

If you've ever had Austrain linzer tart before, this easy-to-make bar cookie version is a must-try.

linzer bars

Carson Downing

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
48 bars

This jam-filled Linzer Bar recipe is a simplified version of an Austrian linzer tart. The bars have a tender, nutty shortbread base and a crumb topping. Even without the stained-glass-window effect, their unique shape and drizzle of glaze dress them up for the holidays.


  • 2 cups butter

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 4 cups all purpose flour

  • 18 oz seedless raspberry jam

  • 1 cup sliced almonds

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 3 teaspoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 15x10-inch pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Grease foil.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and granulated sugar. Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla until combined. Beat in flour until soft dough forms. Press two-thirds (about 3⅓ cups) of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes.

  3. Whisk jam until smooth. Carefully pour jam over crust, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with almonds. Use your fingers to grab bits of the remaining dough. Slightly flatten dough and place randomly over the filling.

  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes more or until top is golden. Cool on a wire rack. Drizzle bars with Almond Glaze. Use foil to lift uncut bars out of pan; cut into triangles. 

Almond Glaze

  1. In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and enough water to reach drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
9g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20.3mg 7%
Sodium 64.6mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 24.9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Total Sugars 14.4g
Protein 1.7g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 12.2mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 39mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.3g
Vitamin D 0IU
Alanine 0.1g
Arginine 0.1g
Ash 0.3g
Aspartic acid 0.1g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 5.1mg
Copper, Cu 0.1mg
Cystine 0g
Energy 773.9kJ
Fluoride, F 2.5mcg
Folate, total 21.5mcg
Glutamic acid 0.5g
Glycine 0.1g
Histidine 0g
Isoleucine 0.1g
Leucine 0.1g
Lysine 0g
Methionine 0g
Magnesium, Mg 9.1mg
Manganese, Mn 0.1mg
Niacin 0.7mg
Phosphorus, P 26.5mg
Pantothenic acid 0.1mg
Phenylalanine 0.1g
Phytosterols 1.3mg
Proline 0.2g
Retinol 63.5mcg
Selenium, Se 4mcg
Serine 0.1g
Starch 0.1g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.8mg
Tryptophan 0g
Tyrosine 0g
Valine 0.1g
Vitamin A, IU 236.4IU
Vitamin A, RAE 64.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.7mcg
Water 6.6g
Zinc, Zn 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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