Chocolate Linzer Tart

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Chocolate Linzer Tart

Welcome back to Thanksgiving Pie Week on Just About Baked! I’ve been having way too much fun with this, everyone. I’m getting my pastry chef alter ego out and dusting her off!

Today’s pie is really a tart, and I’m feeling rather European because it’s a Linzer tart. Translation: it’s got an almond base and there’s raspberry involved. I also worked in some dark chocolate for good measure. Can’t hurt, right?

Chocolate Linzer Tart

Basically, the tart dough is made of almond meal, which I buy at Trader Joe’s (you can grind up the almonds on your own if you’d prefer), flour, some butter, and sugar. Simple, delicious. I’m a huge fan.

Chocolate Linzer Tart

You work half the dough into a tart pan with a removable bottom, spread on a chocolate raspberry filling (easy to make!), and make a pattern on top with the rest of the dough. The typical look is lattice, but lattice bores me sometimes. I decided to try this ladder-type pattern instead, which was lots of fun.

Chocolate Linzer Tart

Then it got even better. I used my powdered sugar dusting wand (a totally useful kitchen gadget and quite an obsession of mine) to make the top look nice and snowy. And then I tasted my tart. Just a bite, before freezing the rest for Thanksgiving dinner.

Chocolate Linzer Tart

It was hard to stop there! I have a thing with chocolate and almond, so I’ll easily put away a couple of slices on Thursday. And that thick layer of chocolate raspberry sandwiched between the marzipan-like dough is pretty fabulous. I’ve never felt more proud.

Chocolate Linzer Tart

Advice: instead of doing all the usual pies this year on Thanksgiving, change it up a bit. This Linzer tart is definitely a fun addition to the usual pecan and pumpkin, so go a little crazy. Your family won’t mind!


Chocolate Linzer Tart


1 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup raspberry preserves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a tart pan (the kind with the removable bottom) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the almond meal and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter, powdered sugar and egg yolk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Adding each gradually, alternate the flour and the almond mixture until both are fully incorporated.
  4. Press half the dough into the prepared tart pan, working the dough along the bottom and up the sides. Form the other half into a ball on waxed paper. Place both in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for one minute. Stir until smooth, microwaving an additional 30 seconds if needed. Mix the melted chocolate with the raspberry preserves and lemon juice until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Remove the tart pan from the refrigerator and spread the filling evenly into the bottom crust.
  7. Roll out the other half of the dough to form a circle. Using a knife, cut the dough into strips. You can either form a lattice pattern or create a pattern of your choice.
  8. Bake the tart for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Let the tart cool completely.
  9. Dust the top with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve never heard of a linzer tart before, but this sounds wonderful! I love that the crust is made of almond meal. And the chocolate and raspberry filling sounds perfect! Such a fun twist to the regular pies that are usually served on Thanksgiving!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! They’re totally addictive. My European grandparents introduced me to treats like this, and I love it!

  2. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    this is amazing Mir! that filling looks so great and fudgy and I love the addition of lemon and raspberry flavor to the chocolate! DE-LISH!
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    1. Mir

      So many of my favorite flavors in here, Michele! It’s super rich, but not too much. A perfect balance!

  3. Mira

    I’ve never tried Linzer tart Mir, but this one looks perfect! I love the use of almond meal and the nice thick layer of chocolate! The addition of lemon and raspberry flavors makes it extra delicious, I’m sure! This is a must try!
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    1. Mir

      I hope you try one soon, Mira! Linzer tarts are not to be missed. They’re one of the best tarts out there!

  4. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I know Linzer cookies but never heard of Linzer tart…but it has the same basic ingredients as the cookies. Looks fabulous. I must give this a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe Mir!
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    1. Mir

      All good stuff, Manali, cookies or pie! I just like pie. Bigger means more!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh. My. Gosh. It’s gorgeous. I want it ALL!! Love that you turned the best cookie ever into a tart!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Dorothy! It’s so much more fun as a tart. Bigger, better, more filling!

  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Mir! This tart is just gorgeous! What an amazing filling!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Trish! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Mary Frances

    You know what, why don’t you just come cater desserts for our Thanksgiving? Because this tart is amazing! That filling, with the chocolate and raspberry, is just gorgeous!
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    1. Mir

      Wish I could stop catering my family’s! It’s all work right now, but I’m hoping that I’ll sit back and eat pie soon enough.

  8. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    That looks amazing – pretty much all my favourite flavours combined into one tart! Dark chocolate, raspberry and almond = awesome!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! I do love the flavors. I’m excited to Thursday pie-eating!

  9. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Everything about this tart is glorious!! I want to devour every last piece! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I had to hold back, Jocelyn. Thanks so much!

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