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: 96Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 8 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 96


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


  • Beat confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons 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 1⁄2 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into 2-by-3⁄4-inch rectangles.
  • Place cookies 1 apart on baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Cool. Glaze cookies while still warm.