Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Cookies

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Shortbread Cookie is the most asked for cookies I make around the holiday.

The cookie freezes well to make ahead of time, travel great without crumbling and taste fabulous any time of the day.

Another perfect thing about this cookie is the dough.

You can use a cookie cutter into any shape you like.

These were made to look a lot like Linzer cookies because of the little cutout in the middles.

You can shape them into stars, snowflakes or even as a snowman for the holiday season.

The dough is versatile, any jams will go great, we just happen to love raspberry jam and it's perfect in color for the holiday.

I do keep this one special for my Christmas cookie tray.

It's so festive with a little powdery sugar and reminds me of snow, and really adds a warm holiday spirit to my cookie trays.

Mom and I use to make these shortbreads when I was a little girl and being raspberry, we had tried all kinds of other jams but always came back to raspberry.

I hope your family likes them as much as we do, enjoy this recipe.

Please share the joy of the season with others.

Print this out at the end, a great way to give a cookie tray with the recipe attached for gift giving.

this is a linzer cookie filled with raspberry jam in a christmas paper liner with Santa on it

these are jam filled cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar called Linzer cookies there is a star cut out of the middle of the cookie with raspberry jam peeking through it

A Versatile Cookie Dough

Before we get started, this cookie dough works well with just about any creative idea you have.

When you read my suggestions below, I am sure when you think of your family's favorite cookie, you will figure out what you really would like filled inside.

Whether it's chocolate, peanut butter, candy bars, jams, marshmallow or even chopped maraschino cherries in red and green.

I have a few ideas you may like to use and change up just read them below.

these are a raspberry jam filled cookie in a cupcake liner that has Santa on it. The cookies have a cutout star in the center with jam peeking out the middles

Ingredients you will need to make Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Shortbread Cookies

(Scroll down to the recipe card for exact quantities)

  • shortening
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • egg yolks
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • cream of tarter
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • seedless raspberry preserves
  • Filling and Garnish Ideas:
  • Powdered sugar
  • Assorted colorful sprinkles
  • Frosting
  • Optional Filling Ideas
  • Peanut butter
  • Candy bars
  • Chocolate Stars or Chips
  • Nuts with cinnamon sugar
  • Any flavor or seedless jam
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • Nutella
  • Melted White or Dark Chocolate for Dipping
  • Chocolate Chips regular or flavored kinds

cut out cookies on a cookie sheet ready for baking with raspberry jam


  • Always Chill the dough
  • Use parchment paper to bake these on till set
  • Do not overbake the cookies
  • Use seedless jams
  • Nutella, peanut butter also works great for fillings
  • A star piece of chocolate candy looks great on these in the middles
  • Red or green cherries can be substituted for the filling chopped
  • Drizzle with coordinating colored frostings for a different effect
  • Powdered sugar sprinkled on top gives them a winter snow effect

These are itaian filled raspberry jam cookies that taste like shortbread with powdered sugar

No Cookie Cutters?

If you don't happen to have cookie cutters, a round shot glass is a perfect size, just use the sharp end of a knife to pierce a hole in the top cookie.

Remember you always need two cookies and make a sandwich with these.


cut out cookies on a cookie sheet ready for baking with raspberry jam filling and a shortbread dough

Kids Love to Help!

After mixing dough it will work easier by chilling for at least an hour.

The kids just love the taste of these cookies and they are perfect for making their favorite shapes.

I love making animal shapes for the kids, they are great fun and they love the sweet jams insides. I usually use a light color jam when making the animal's shapes.

The cookies are soft and sweet and hold up nicely without crumbling!

cut out cookies on a cookie sheet ready for baking with raspberry jam filling and a shortbread dough

Creative Filling Ideas

During the Christmas Holiday, I like to use different flavored and colorful jams.

Thanksgiving time, we use orange marmalade and also perfect for Halloween using orange-tinted marshmallow fluff.

You can also use cherry, plum or blackberry for the 4th of July.

For Easter, the kids like them filled with tinted marshmallow fluff with pastel sprinkles like funfetti, such great fun!

The last one we love to use for a fun change is dip half the cookie in melted chocolate either white or dark and use coordinating sprinkles that match the holiday.

These cookies don't have to be filled, they taste great just as shortbread and dipping them is another cookie idea all by itself!

You can use apricot, peach, blueberry, and other flavors to change up the colors to match the holiday or event.

Change Them Up

As I mentioned before this is such a versatile dough and you can use any shapes you like.

Here are some festive shapes for the Thanksgiving Day table and another way to decorate that Holiday table!

We love experimenting and I wanted you to see just how easy this dough is to work with.

Some Other Delicious Cookie Recipes We Love

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Powdered Sugar Wands 
Italian Struffoli

Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Shortbread Cookies Pin for later

this is a pin for later Raspberry Linzer cookie filled with jam and in a paper cupcake liner with Santa on it holiday Christmas Cookies

Let's Bake Some Cookies

If you've been looking for a dough you can fill this Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Cookie is the best tasting cookie ever.

The whole family asks for these every year without fail.

Do give these a try and let me know how you like these in the comments, I would love to hear what filling you tried and love.

Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Cookies

Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Cookies

Yield: 25
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 8 Mtotal time: 33 M
These are a tender filled holiday cookie with make that's filled with seedless raspberry jam. They are soft filled delicious cookies great for any cookie cutter shapes and look very much like a Linzer cookie. My grandma and mom made these every year for the holiday cookie tray and sprinkled them with powdered sugar.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • Filling and Garnish Ideas:
  • Powdered sugar
  • Assorted colorful sprinkles
  • Frosting
  • Optional Filling Ideas
  • Peanut butter
  • Candy bars
  • Chocolate Stars or Chips
  • Nuts with cinnamon sugar
  • Any flavor or seedless jam
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • Nutella
  • Chocolate Chip regular or flavored kinds


How to cook Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Cookies

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl to form a dough, except for preserves.
  2. Chill dough 1 hour
  3. Roll into a 1/8 inch thickness and cut into circles with a shot glass or cookie cutter of your choice. 
  4. You will need two pieces of dough to make a sandwich, for each whole cookie.
  5. If you have a shot glass, it will be a perfect size, make two for each cookie.
  6. Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of jam (or desired filling listed above) and top with another circle, take a knife and put a little hole in the center (or using a Linzer cookie cutter assortment, shot glass or whatever shapes desired).
  7.  Place on a greased sprayed cookie sheet or on parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, until lightly browned around 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Cool and dust with powdered sugar or drizzle a frosting tinted on each cookie.
  9. You could also dip one end in melted chocolate and sprinkles.
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these are a cutout raspberry filled with jam cookies similar to a linzer cookie

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2018.


  1. @honeyb thanks....making christmas cookies is hard not to eat them all before

  2. Your cookies look wonderful! My mother and Aunt both made these for Christmas. I've been trying to convince my cousin, the family baker, to do the same for quite some time now.

  3. This looks fantastic....I have not attempted to make fancy cut out cookies. Well done.

  4. So lovely cookies I want them not only for Christmas for everyday :)



  5. Beautiful cookies! My mom used to make similar cookies... Brings back memories... :)

  6. Wow! That is a beautiful cookie!! You should open a bakery!

  7. love anytype of jam cookie and these look perfect - recipe is a keeper...

  8. How pretty! I love the snowy white powdered sugar. I will be making Italian jam-filled cookies also - hope they turn out as gorgeous as yours!

  9. These remind me of these almond cookie sandwiches filled with raspberry jam that my mother would make during the holidays. They were hands-down the best cookie, and so worth the extra effort of rolling them out, cutting them and all that! These are pretty!

  10. Perfect cookies for the holidays!

  11. These cookies are so cute, and mouth watering.

  12. The linzer cookie is my favorite in the world--I barely can get them out as gifts! I use a bit of tumeric to get a more "yolk" appearance in the dough owing to my having to make them vegan, but oh, those look delicious!

  13. great cookies, this is what I love about the Christmas holiday season.. it's cookie galore!

  14. Thank you all so much for your kind comments and so glad you all like this cookie.....would love this to be part of your special holiday tray...a little food friendship and baking is an awesome way for us to share the holiday together cheers and thank you again! ......

    1. I love them all but I will feel some with my fig Jam because I love fig. Lol

  15. these cookies look gorgeous! i am getting my holiday list ready for my own cookies! :)

  16. Those looks so good and festive:)

  17. Yum, raspberry shortbead cookies - for me it's a taste of home!.. ^_^

  18. Beautiful cookies! These would make perfect gifts for my neighbors, though I'm not sure my family would let me give them away.

  19. Whoo hoo! You made it into the Top Nine with your gorgeous cookies!

  20. I had these type of cookies before they are "tha bomb", very Moorish especially with an Americano coffee. well done thanks for the share...Rico xxx
    By the way gorgeous profile pic.

  21. I am drinking my morning coffee right now and I SO want your cookies. Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing with us and congrats on making the FoodBuzz Top 9!

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  22. thanks for your support, and as always its a shock when the photo is picked for Top 9 thanks so much for your kindness and appreciation of my blog :) Happy baking to all of you :)

  23. Congratulation for top 9 today :)
    indeed they look adorable cookies !

  24. These were easy to make and tasted good. Thanks for sharing!

  25. These look so yummy! I love shortbread and the jam filling has my mouth watering!

  26. Those are some perfect holiday cookies!

  27. Beautiful cookies that are perfect for holiday time (and really any time)! Love your recipe Claudia!


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