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Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen are traditional German spiced honey cookies.

  • 2 Tbsp butter (softened)
  • 2 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 C shelled almonds, ground
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped candied orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped candied lemon peel
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C honey
  • 1/ 2 C milk
  • Almond glaze

1)Preheat oven to 400 F.

2) Prepare the pan: Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 11" x 17" pan with the softened butter. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp flour over the butter and tip the pan from side-to-side to coat the surface with the flour. Invert the pan to remove excess flour and set aside.

3) In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg). Stir in the almonds, orange and lemon peel.

4) Beat together the eggs and sugar until slightly thickened. Beat in the honey and milk then beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time. Beat until smooth

5) Using a rubber spatula, spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12 - 15 minutes until the cake is firm to the touch.

6) Loosen the cake sides from the pan with a knife or metal spatula and turn it out onto a cake rack. While still warm, brush the top with a thin coating of glaze.

7) Let sit for a minute, then cut into cookie bars 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" in size (larger or smaller, if you prefer). Lebkuchen cookies can be stored for several weeks in tightly sealed containers.

Makes approximately 2-3 dozen cookies.

 

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