These easy linzer cookies have cute little cutouts (use any shape you wish!) and are filled with a naturally sweetened chia jam! The cookies themselves are free of gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar plus they’re vegan friendly!
As a lover of all things pink, I look forward to Valentine’s day each year. I enjoy walking through the seasonal aisles at Target oohing and ahhing over the kitschy, but cute, love-inspired knickknacks. Not that I actually buy that stuff, but I love looking at it nonetheless! I’ve always been super practical. I remember when my hubby and I were dating, he would buy those teddy bears holding stuffed hearts, red silk roses, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and I would…smile and pretend to love it! 🙈 At the time, I felt bad being honest. I couldn’t say, “hey thanks, but I really have no place to put all of this stuff!”
Later, I learned he bought all of that stuff because he thought that’s what girls liked. 😂 Crazy how just a little bit of communication could have saved us both—him, lots of money and me, from having to find a place to put all of that tacky stuff! 😜
Having been married for many years now, he knows I prefer hand-written notes to cards and I know he values time spent together over gifts. I also prefer a home-cooked meal by him over going out to eat and he enjoys homemade treats over those from the store. He particularly loves things he can enjoy with afternoon tea!
After visiting England, we have been hooked on teatime! I mean, who wouldn’t love a reason to take a break in the afternoon to enjoy tea with some sweet or savory treats? Let me tell you, these cookies are the perfect accompaniment for tea or coffee. They are similar to shortbread cookies which are sandwiched together with a simple chia jam filling. They are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar (just omit the powdered sugar) and are not only pretty, but so freaking good too!
I used heart shaped cutters for these cookies, but they are not specifically a Valentine’s Day treat. Think stars for Fourth of July and snowflakes for Christmas! You can also use circle or square cutters for any special occasion. Feel free to use any fruit of your choice for the jam too. Berries are delicious, but cherries or stone fruit would work as well. And if you don’t have time to make your own jam, any quality store-bough jam will also work.
These cookies are our new favorite! They’re even better the next day, so feel free to make them a day or two ahead of time. You can even make the cookies themselves in advance and freeze them until needed. Just thaw and fill them with the jam before serving!
Enjoy these, and I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day with your love(s)!Print