Spitzbuben, also called Linzer Augen, are most definitely IN THE TOP 3 of my German Christmas cookies recipes! You’ll be so happy that you put it on your baking list this year!

Spitzbuben (Linzer Augen)

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Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen

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My Kids LOVE German Christmas Cookies

Now that I have kids, I totally understand! Baking Christmas cookies with young kids is not therapeutic to me like it used to be. It’s way better though! The messes, the fingers sneaking the dough, flour everywhere, the spoon of jam that goes in their mouths instead of on the cookie. Spitzbuben aka Linzer Augen are so fun to make, so I don’t blame my girls for having fun with it! And no worries, this batch won’t be one we’ll share bc germs :-).

Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen
Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen

What are Spitzbuben (Linzer Augen)?

Spitzbuben or Linzer Augen aren’t just any kind of cookie – they are delicious, German Christmas cookies sandwiched with jam, that I used to make with my sister and Oma Sieghilde to put ourselves in the Christmas mood. This is a simple Christmas baking recipe that’s fun to make with kids since there are cookie cutters involved and which kid doesn’t love cutting out cookies? After spending a short time in the oven, the cookies are then filled with yummy jam (my favorite is apricot by Bonne Maman, but raspberry is second). The upper layer is then dusted in ‘snow’ aka powdered sugar before carefully being assembled. How darling is the snow on my website by the way?!

Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen
Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen
Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen

What Ingredients Do I Need For Spitzbuben (Linzer Augen)?

A few notes on Spitzbuben ingredients, so you know what you’re getting yourself into:

  • Hard-boiled egg yolks: This part is unique to this cookie dough recipe! Supposedly it helps the cookies stay soft after baking. The leftover egg whites are either fed to our kids or our dog or put in a salad like my Curry Apple Eiersalat that’s so good!
  • Flour: Plain ol’ all-purpose flour is what you’ll want to use. I use organic flour that I buy in bulk for all the Christmas baking!
  • Butter: I don’t mind breaking rules if it benefits everyone involved. I use salted butter in this recipe. If you don’t use salted butter, add a pinch of salt instead to help bring out the flavors.
  • Sugar: It’s a must! I use organic sugar and buy it in bulk for the Christmas season!
  • Lemon Zest: I would use organic lemon because you’re using the peel. I always keep a bag of lemons in the house for fresh salad dressings, cocktails, and more.
  • Raw Egg Yolks: Had to specify this one 🙂
  • Milk: One tablespoon full is all! No milk? No worries! You can even use water instead.
  • Jam: My favorite is using Apricot Jam, but Raspberry is a close second! Bonne Maman is my favorite jam brand as we used to buy it in Germany as well. For any other Bonne Maman fans, consider gifting them this jam-packed Advent Calendar! I know I would love it!
  • Powdered Sugar: For dusting the top portion of the baked cookies.

Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen
Spitzbuben Linzer Augen German Christmas Cookies Recipe dirndl kitchen

What Tools Do I Need for Spitzbuben (Linzer Augen)?

  • Parchment PaperThis kind is my favorite. I also love these reusable silicone baking mats.
  • Rolling Pin: I love this set of 2 different-sized rolling pins and it also comes with one silicone baking mat! Use code Sophie10 for 10% off your order.
  • Spitzbuben or Linzer Augen Cookie Cutters: You can really use any cookie cutter you love (this copper set is so cute!)! Just make sure that on the top layer of the cookie, you’re cutting out some peek-a-boo’s of some kind (little stars or round holes for example), so that the jam can show through! If you’d like to use classic ones, I love this set!
  • A Fine Mesh Sieve: This will be handy to have for turning the egg yolks into a paste and for dusting powdered sugar over the top layer of the cookies.

Also, if you’re wondering what my other top 2 German Christmas cookies are, they are Vanillekipferl and Zimtsterne! Make these 3 Plätzchen recipes and you’ll be set for Christmas time!

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