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Lebkuchen Recipe

Makes 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • For Bars:
  • 1 lb honey
  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • Grated peel of 1 large lemon
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 8 oz unblanched almonds, chopped, fine
  • 4 oz chopped assorted candied, citrus rind
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • For Icing:
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3 tbsp water
  • For Decorating:
  • Unblanched almond slivers
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Green candied fruit


Instructions:

1. To prepare bars: Heat honey and butter until butter melts.
2. Let cool to lukewarm.
3. Beat in eggs.
4. Beat in lemon peel, juice, almonds and candied fruit.
5. Set aside.
6. Sift together baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves and flour; mix well.
7. Add 1 cup at a time to honey mixture.
8. Chill dough 8 hours.
9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
10. Pat dough into 2 greased 9-by-13-inch pans; bake 15 minutes or until firm and lightly browned.
11. Let cool slightly in pan on racks.
12. While bars are cooling, prepare icing: Blend sugar, juice, vanilla, honey and water.
13. Glaze bars with icing while still warm.
14. Cut into 1 1/2-by-2-inch rectangles.
15. While icing is still wet, decorate with slivered almonds, maraschino cherries and green candied fruit.
16. Remove bars from pans and let cool on racks.
17. Store in airtight containers.


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Main Ingredient:Fruit / Lemon
Nut
Honey
Course:Dessert
Snacks
Cuisine:European / German
Preparation Method:Baking
Dish:Cookies
Difficulty:Medium

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