Lebkuchen are a classic German Christmas gingerbread cookie made with honey and spices. Lebkucken are a cross between a cookie and cake. You get a nice crunchy bite from the ground almonds and the texture is cake-like. The spices are warm and flavorful. The slivered almonds on top really bring the cookie together. Enjoy some Lebkuchen with tea or coffee. See recipe below.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
2/3 cup Almond Meal (Ground up Almonds)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
Zest of 1 Lemon
1/2 cup Honey (Raw if you can find it)
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) Unsalted Butter
Slivered Almonds to decorate tops of cookies
Grind almonds in processor or coffee grinder; set aside.
Whisk together ground almonds, flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves; set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter and honey. Set aside to cool.
Once cool, add melted butter and honey to dry ingredients stirring with a spatula.
Once dough forms, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Roll dough with rolling pin in between two sheets of parchment paper.
Use a small or medium size cookie scoop or roll a ball with your hands and place two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Using the palm of your hand press each cookie and add 2-3 slivered almonds on top.
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Wait 2-3 minutes before transferring cookies on cooling racks to complete cooling.
Lebkuchen was adapted from Recipes for Germany's Popular Foods: