Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lebkuchen Cookies - Simply Delicious!

Lebkuchen by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 011_zps794af252.jpg

Lebkuchen Cookies - Simply Delicious!

This is the Christmas cookie of my husband's childhood.  It is a German Cookie and even though my husband's family is not German - this delicious cookie is what they made every Christmas.  I have permission from my mother-in-law to share her recipe with you.
Many Lebkuchens are molasses based but this one is honey based & so scrumptious!

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2 cups sugar
2/3 cup honey
5 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (heaping)
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
16 tablespoons candied fruit (
Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice & cloves and set aside.  With an electric mixer - cream together the eggs, sugar & honey.  Now with a wooden spoon - Stir the sifted ingredients into the honey mixture until combined (the dough should look like the picture above). 
Now stir in the fruit & nuts (the dough will be quite dense - your arms will be getting a workout)(dough should look like the picture below). 

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Chill dough in the fridge for a few hours.  Split the dough into 4 equal parts.  On a lightly floured surface roll out a fourth of the dough until it is  between 1/4" and 1/8" thick.  Cut cookies using a cookie cutter (I used a scalloped round shape) (see pictures below).  Continue rolling & cutting until all of the dough has been used up. 

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Place the cut cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes (or until desired golden color is achieved). 

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Cool on a cooling rack & ENJOY!!

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  1. I don't think I have ever heard of this kind of cookie. I know the recipe sure does sound delicious though. I pinned it and am going to give it a try. I love to try out recipes from other cultures. Food is one thing we all have in common. Happy Holidays

  2. Lovely!
    Simply Gorgeous!

  3. I tried Lebkuchen for the first time at a German Christmas market last week. I thought it would be yummier.

  4. I've never heard of this cookie before. It really looks good though. It would be perfect for teaching my little ones about cultural diversity and various Christmas traditions/recipes around the world. Thanks for sharing!

    Ila from


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