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Easy red velvet Linzer cookies, with a hint of cocoa, and tangy cream cheese frosting. These cookies ca be cut into any shape and are the perfect treat for any occasion from Valentine's Day to Christmas.

Red Velvet Linzer Cookies

  • Author: Posh Little Designs
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 (5 min per baking sheet)
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 2 dozen+ 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Red Velvet Linzer Cookies
  • Cuisine: Cookies
  • Diet: Diabetic


Soft and delicious red velvet Linzer style cookies, with a hint of cocoa, filled with the yummiest cream cheese frosting.


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Linzer Cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/4 super fine almond flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (or butter of choice butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp Red Velvet Emulsion
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup organic shortening (or butter of choice)
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • Heart Cookie Cutter
  • Small fondant heart cutter or shape of choice
  • Parchment paper & baking sheets
  • Piping bag
  • Rolling pin


Linzer Cookies:

  1. Pour measured flour, almond powder, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a bowl and mix until combined. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and a pale yellow color, about 3 minutes.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the edges of the bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs, red velvet emulsion and vanilla extract into the butter and sugar until smooth and combined.
  5. Pour flour, almond and cocoa mixture into the butter, egg and sugar on medium.
  6. Mix until the the cookie dough forms and attaches to the paddle. If dough is still slightly sticky, you can add additional flour, 1 tbsp at a time until the dough attaches to the paddle.
  7. No chilling required!
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Lightly flour a rolling pin and place a sheet of parchment paper or a solid surface.
  10. Lightly flour dough and roll out onto the sheet of parchment about 1/4 ” thick.
  11. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter of choice in an even number. You’ll be able cut out approximately 2 dozen circles or hearts from the dough.
  12. Use a small cutter to cut out the shape in the center of half of the cookie cutouts.
  13. Remove the excess dough surrounding the cut shapes, then transfer the cookies (still on parchment) to the oven.
  14. Bake in the middle rack for 5 minutes for soft cookies.
  15. Remove from oven and cool completely before matching up.
  16. Repeat steps for remaining dough. 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Mix organic shortening, cream cheese and powdered sugar together in a stand mixer for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in lemon zest, vanilla and salt until incorporated.
  3. Transfer frosting to piping bag and set aside.

Assembling the Linzer Cookies:

  1. Pipe cream cheese frosting onto the tops of the solid heart cookies.
  2. Then place the cutout cookie on top of the cream cheese topped cookie to form a sandwich.
  3. Lightly dust cookies with  with powdered sugar.
  4. Seal in airtight container and serve immediately, or keep in the fridge in airtight container until ready to serve. 
  5. Allow to come to room temp for 10-15 minutes upon serving


This recipe makes roughly 12-15 cookies. Double for extra.

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