Lebkuchen

These spicy cookies are traditional German Christmas cookies that keep very well. Store them in a closed container overnight to allow the flavors to develop.

Makes: 96 cookiesHands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 8 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 96 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  • 3–4 tsp. warm water
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped candied orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped candied citron
  • 1 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. hot coffee
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • Beat confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add water a few drops at a time, until mixture is right consistency for icing. Set aside.
  • Stir together honey, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix in candied orange peel, citron, almonds, brown sugar, and orange and lemon zests.
  • Stir baking soda into hot coffee; beat into honey mixture. Beat in egg. Stir in flour. The dough will be very stiff and you may need to knead in the flour with your hands. Cover and chill overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
  • Roll dough to ½" thickness on a floured surface. Cut into 2" × ¾" rectangles.
  • Place cookies 1 apart on baking sheets. Bake 12–15 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Cool. Glaze cookies while still warm.

Recipe Information

Makes: 96 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  • 3–4 tsp. warm water
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped candied orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped candied citron
  • 1 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. hot coffee
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • Beat confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add water a few drops at a time, until mixture is right consistency for icing. Set aside.
  • Stir together honey, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix in candied orange peel, citron, almonds, brown sugar, and orange and lemon zests.
  • Stir baking soda into hot coffee; beat into honey mixture. Beat in egg. Stir in flour. The dough will be very stiff and you may need to knead in the flour with your hands. Cover and chill overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
  • Roll dough to ½" thickness on a floured surface. Cut into 2" × ¾" rectangles.
  • Place cookies 1 apart on baking sheets. Bake 12–15 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Cool. Glaze cookies while still warm.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories70
Total Fat1g
Saturated Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium10mg
Total Carbohydrate15g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars10g
Protein1g