It resembles a large cookie (or biscuit in British usage) and indeed is often made like small tarts or cookies in North American bakeries.
The Linzer Torte, named after the city of Linz, Austria, is the oldest-known torte or cake in the world. For a long time a recipe from 1696 in the Vienna Stadt- und Landesbibliothek was the oldest one known. In 2005, however, Waltraud Faißner, the library director of the Upper Austrian Landesmuseum and author of the book "Wie man die Linzer Dortten macht" ("How to make the Linzer Torte") found an even older recipe from 1653 in Codex 35/31 in the archive of the Admont Abbey.
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