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Leckerli Cookies Recipe

Makes 6 dozen cookies

Spices and candied fruit are in these chewy cookie squares.


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup unsifted flour (see note)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pn nutmeg
  • 1 pn cloves
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp candied orange peel, finely, chopped
  • 3 tbsp candied lemon peel, finely, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp kirsch or orange juice
  • Milk
  • Glaze (recipe follows)
  • Candied red cherries, halved, for topping
  • Angelica or candied citron, peel, cut into leaf shapes, for topping


1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Combine honey and sugar in a small saucepan.
5. Heat slowly, stirring constantly, until honey thinks and sugar dissolves; cool slightly.
6. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a large bowl.
7. Add almonds, candied orange and lemon peels; mix to coat.
8. Add cooled honey mixture, egg and kirsch to flour mixture; stir with wooden spoon until blended.
9. Knead dough together with palm of hand until mixture cleans side of bowl; shape into ball; flatten slightly.
10. Roll dough between two sheets of wax paper to a 13x9 inch rectangle, slightly less than 1/4-inch thick, keeping edges as even as possible.
11. Remove top piece of wax paper; flip dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet; removesecond piece of wax paper.
12. Brush top lightly with milk.
13. Bake in 375~ oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
14. Remove cookie sheet to wire tack.
15. Trim edges of cookie dough; cut into 2-inch squares.
16. To make glaze: combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 3 tablespoons water in saucepan.
17. Cook about 5 minutes or until it registers 235 on candy thermometer.
18. Brush glaze on cookies while both are still warm. (Do not make syrup until Leckerli are out of the oven or syrup will harden).
19. Decorate with candied red cherry halves and angelica leaves.
20. Glaze will harden and turn white.


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Main Ingredient:Fruit
Cuisine:European / German
Preparation Method:Baking

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