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Lebkuchen Cookies

Lebkuchen Cookies (German)
by Ebalamucki, Cookie Club Member
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Category: Desserts, Cookies, Christmas, German
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Level: Baking Experience Helpful
Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

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Here's a good cookie to make ahead of time for the holidays. This recipe was given to me by my grandmother. 


2 eggs
l cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
3/4 cup ground nuts
2 l/2 cups flour
l/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
l/2 tsp. cinnamon
l/4 tsp. allspice
l/2 tsp. cloves
6 tsp. orange peel and 2 tsp. lemon peel
(or you can use mixed candied fruit in place of orange and lemon peel)


Beat eggs and sugar till fluffy. Add honey and mix well, then add nuts (almonds or walnuts). In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together. Add orange and lemon peel, or candied fruit. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat well.

Chill dough for several hours or overnight. Roll out to about l/4 inch thick or thinner. Cut out cookies with cutters of the season. I add a slivered almond and green and red candied cherries on the top before baking at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Do Not let them get too brown. 

If they are too crisp, put them in a plastic bag and add a bread crust. They will become softer and chewy. They will keep for weeks - Not refrigerated.