Grinch Linzer Cookies

These Grinch Linzer Cookies perfectly capture the spirit of the holidays in a sweet, buttery package. Delicious, green butter cookies future a heart-shaped, red, raspberry jam filling for a Grinchy look.

grinch linzer cookie leaning against a glass of milk.

One of our favorite Christmas specials is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and one of our favorite holiday treats is cookies. We combined them to create these delicious Grinch cookies for a holly, jolly treat that will make your heart grow three sizes when you eat it!

six grinch linzer cookies or a marble cutting board.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a few simple baking ingredients.
  • It’s an easy recipe that comes together in just a few minutes.
  • The green cookies and red heart centers are perfect for the holiday season.


bowls of almond flour, butter, flour, ground cinnamon, salt, egg, raspberry jam, food coloring, sugar, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.

This recipe only takes a few simple baking ingredients. You’ll have most of them in your kitchen right now, and anything you don’t have can be found quickly and easily at your local grocery store!

All the ingredients needed to make these cookies are right here, but you’ll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Unsalted butter – softened
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Egg yolk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Almond flour
  • Sea salt
  • Green food coloring
  • Raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar

🔪 How to Make Grinch Linzer Cookies

Making these cookies is incredibly easy. It’s an easy cookie dough recipe that comes together in a few minutes, then you just use 2 cookie cutters to create the cookies and the heart center. That’s all there is to it!

butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs being creamed in a mixing bowl.

Step 1: Combine the Wet Ingredients

Beat the butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Then, add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat until combined.

green cookie dough ball in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add the Dry Ingredients and Food Coloring

Add the flour, almond flour, and cinnamon to the wet ingredients and beat until just combined. Then, add the green food coloring and mix until a uniform color is achieved.

Step 3: Refrigerate

Chill the dough for 30 minutes before baking, remove the dough, and let it soften for 5 to 10 minutes until you can roll it.

round cookie dough pieces on a parchment paper.

Step 4: Roll and Cut the Cookie

Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thick. Then, cut out the cookies using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, transferring them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper as you go, until you have 30 whole cookies.

green cookie dough with small hearts cut out on a piece of parchment paper.

Step 5: Cut out the Hearts

Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut hearts out of the centers of 15 of the cookies.

Step 6: Bake and Cool

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the edges just begin to brown. Then, remove them from the oven and let them cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

grinch linzer cookies being dusted on powdered sugar on a wire cooling rack.

Step 7: Fill

Use the back of a spoon to spread jam across the top of the whole cookies. Then, top with the cookies with heart cutouts. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Linzer Cookies – You can make this recipe with sugar cookie dough, as well.
  • Raspberry Jam – Use strawberry jam in place of raspberry if you prefer.
  • Cookie Shape – You can use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to make heart-shaped Grinch cookies.

If you love fruity cookies like these, then check out our cherry snowball cookies recipe.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon
grinch linzer cookie leaning against a glass of milk.

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these Grinch Linzer cookies for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze them in single layers separated by parchment paper in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

What to Serve with Grinch Linzer Cookies

Serve these cookies with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. They also make the perfect addition to a larger Christmas dessert table alongside your other favorite sweet treats like cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies, and more.

💭 Tips

  • Don’t overmix your cookie dough.
  • Your dough is ready to roll when it’s cold but not rock-hard.
  • If your dough becomes sticky while rolling and cutting out the cookies, simply pop it back into the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are Linzer cookies?

Linzer cookies are buttery, jam-filled sandwich cookies with a texture similar to shortbread and a nutty flavor thanks to the almond flour they’re made with.

Why is my dough sticky?

If your dough isn’t cold enough, it will be sticky and hard to work with.

Why is it so hard to roll out my Linzer dough?

If you don’t let your dough warm up just a bit, it will be too hard to easily roll out.

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grinch linzer cookie leaning against a glass of milk.

Grinch Linzer Cookies

These Grinch linzer cookies capture the holiday spirit with green, buttery cookies and a red jam heart. Your stomach will grow three sizes!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 15 Cookies
Calories: 183kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Spoon


  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅓ cups flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Green food coloring
  • Raspberry jam for filling
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • To make the dough: Beat the butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed, about 3 minutes. Add the yolk and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Add the flour, almond flour and cinnamon to the egg mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t over-beat.
  • Add in the green food coloring and mix until desired color is achieved.
  • Refrigerate the dough in the bowl for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • To assemble: Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and let it soften for 5 to 10 minutes, until it feels soft enough to roll. It should still feel cold but shouldn’t feel rock-hard. On a floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/8″-thick. Using a 2 1/2″ round cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer rounds to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gather the scrap dough, roll, and repeat. If at any time during this process the dough becomes sticky and hard to work with, simply refrigerate it for about 20 minutes, until firm.
  • Cut 15 rounds from the remaining dough. Once you’ve transferred these cookies to a baking sheet, use a small heart cookie cutter to make a peekaboo cutout in the center of each. Continue to reroll the scrapes to get as many cookies as possible.
  • To bake: Bake all of the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to turn brown. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • To fill the cookies: Using the back of a spoon, spread a little bit of jam across the center of each whole cookie. Sandwich with the cookie with the cutout on top. Sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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