Easy Linzer Torte Recipe: A Traditional Holiday Dessert Recipe From Austria by Ann Marie Patitucci

Desserts Holidays
a year ago

Easy Linzer Torte Recipe: A Traditional Holiday Dessert Recipe From Austria

The Linzer torte is a traditional Austrian pastry named after the city of Linz, Austria. The “crust” is a type of shortbread topped with fruit preserves and nuts with a lattice design on top. Linzer torte is a holiday dessert in Austria, often enjoyed at Christmas. Unlike other tortes, a Linzer torte typically has just one layer, more like a pie or tart. What I find most interesting about this Austrian dessert is that it’s known to develop its best flavor after a few days.

There are many variations of the Linzer torte. Some bakeries, including many in North America, make Linzer cookies and tarts instead of torte. This version is a traditional Linzer torte recipe, just in time to serve as a holiday treat, just like the Austrians do at Christmas.

Cuisine: Austrian
Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 30 minutes to chill 
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups finely ground almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/8 cups unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks (divided)
  • 6 tablespoons red currant jam
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Place flour, almonds, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves on a clean work surface. Add in all but one tablespoon of butter and 2 of the egg yolks. Knead quickly to form a smooth dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch springform pan with remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Press 2/3 of the dough evenly in the pan so that the entire bottom is covered. Spread red currant jam on top. Divide remaining dough into several pieces, flatten and cut into 1/3-inch strips. Arrange the strips over the jam in a lattice pattern. Place the last strips along the sides of the pan to form a rim.
  3. Beat remaining 2 egg yolks and brush over the lattice and rim. Be careful not to splash onto the red currant jam.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. As all ovens are different, watch carefully toward the end of the baking time to ensure that the torte does not get too dark. Let cool and remove gently from the pan. For the best flavor, store for three days in a cool place. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, if desired. Serve cold.

Note: 30Seconds is a participant in the Amazon affiliate advertising program and this post contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission or fees if you make a purchase via those links.

Recipe cooking times and servings are approximate. Need to convert cooking and baking measurements? Here are some kitchen conversion charts. Here's how to submit your recipes to 30Seconds.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get recipes in your newsfeed daily.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Springform Pans $10 & Up
Red Currant Jam $5 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Cinnamon $3 & Up
Ground Cloves $4 & Up

Festive Holiday Linzer Cookies Recipe Is Easier to Make Than You Think

Grandma's Legendary Boston Cream Pie Recipe: So Simple, Yet So Perfect

I love European desserts especially during the holidays. This one is so elegant! 🎄
Love Linzer cookies and cakes. Very unique and special.

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Healthy 3-Ingredient Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe Is Pretty In Pink

Irresistible 4-Ingredient Chocolate Strawberry Truffles Recipe Is Sweet Tooth Satisfaction

Moist 2-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Muffins Recipe Is Easy Peasy

2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Recipe: This Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe Is Genius