Lightened Linzer Cookies

Light up the calories and fat in your Christmas cookies. You can still enjoy a delicious, jelly filled Linzer cookie in a healthy form. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa.

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My Mom has been making linzer cookies for almost as long as I can remember. I love the little jam filled goodies with an almond crunch to it. There is something so addicting about the mix of flavors. So I decided to take up the challenge to lighten them up. Boy was I happy with the results. My new linzer cookies still have a great crunch and the lovely jam filing but they also have less butter thanks to the addition of Greek Yogurt.

I really am a sucker for a linzer cookie. There is a fantastic German restaurant in Helen, GA that makes gigantic and utterly scrumptious linzer cookies. Usually around Christmas time we will drive up there for lunch and of course, a cookie. They happen to put powdered sugar on theirs which gets all over but is so worth it. I skipped the powdered sugar in lieu of fewer calories.

You can put whatever kind of jam you want, just make it a good quality one. You can use sugar-free, low sugar or regular. The calories will be different so use what is best for you. You can also use a variety of flavors or use the more traditional raspberry. Apricot is my current favorite. Another little tip, you can freeze the linzers! That way they are fresh whenever you feel the need to have one. Let them sit out for a few minutes to defrost and they will be perfect to pop in your mouth and enjoy.

So go get your baking on and make a batch today! I would love to hear what jam you like best!

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Yields 30

Lightened Linzer Cookies

1 hr, 15 Prep Time

10 minCook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 1 1/4 cups (150g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) whole wheat pasty flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup (90g) confectioners sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp. egg substitute, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. chopped blanched almonds, crushed
  • 1/3 cup low sugar raspberry preserves, or any other flavor you love


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour. wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, yogurt, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  3. Turn to low speed and stir in the flour mixture and lemon zest.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.
  7. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick.
  8. Using a cookie cutter, cut out 60 small circles. Place 30 on the baking sheet.
  9. Top each cookie on the baking sheet with 1/2 tsp. preserves.
  10. Using a smaller circle, cut out the center of the remaining 30 circles. Remove the middle and place the outside circle on top of the jam topped cookie bottom.
  11. Brush lightly with egg substitute and sprinkle with almonds.
  12. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  13. Place baking sheet on a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes.
  14. Transfer cookies directly onto the wire rack and cool completely.
  15. Fat 2 grams Carbs 10 grams Protein 1 gram

Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Beautiful looking cookies! These are one of my favorite
  2. I just finished making these. First time ever making Linzer Cookies. I've had the linzer cutter for years but never took the time. This recipe was very easy to follow, although I was hesitant to bake the jam with the cookie. All other recipes I've seen have you bake the top separate from the bottom and then sandwich them together. The only thing I had to do differently was to cut back on the jam (Polaner all fruit) to 1/4 tsp since most of it ran out of the cookie when I used 1/2 tsp. But I'm sure each jam is different. I'll make these again.
  3. New follower from SITS! These cookies look fabulous. I look forward to getting your Light recipes better!! Stacie xo
  4. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
    Yum! These sound great! I still have some homemade jam from this summer, so I may need to try them. I am hosting a Christmas cookie blog hop and would love for you to come share these!
  5. Very pretty for Christmas!
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  7. What beautiful holiday treats. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  8. These are one of my favorite Christmas cookies! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again tomorrow with more deliciousness :)
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  10. What are eggbeaters? Can I just use 1 egg that's lightly beaten because I read on the internet that eggbeaters are bad?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Mel, Egg beaters are an egg substitute. You can find all kinds of crazy stuff on the internet. Yes, you can use an egg to substitute. Hope you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light Christie
  11. Hi, In step no. 2, you mention adding yogurt. However, I could not find yogurt (and its required quantity) on the ""Ingredients" list.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Lalita, Thank you for catching this error. I have updated the recipe to show 2 tbsp. Of yogurt


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