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Yield: 48 cookies
Prep 35 mins Chill 3 hrs Bake 350°F 8 mins to 10 mins
  • 1  egg
  • 3/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  full-flavored molasses
  • 1/3  cup  honey
  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cardamom
  • 1/2  cup  chopped almonds
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped diced mixed candied fruits and peels
  • 1  Lemon Glaze (see recipe below)
  •  Candied fruit

1. In a small mixing bowl beat egg with an electric mixer on high speed about 1 minute. Add brown sugar; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and honey.

2. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, ginger, and cardamom. Add beaten egg mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir until combined. (dough will be stiff.) Stir in almonds and the 1/2 cup candied fruits and peels.

3. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 3 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

4. Lightly grease a cookie sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Cut into 2-inch squares. Place on prepared cookie sheet.

5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack. Brush warm cookies with Lemon Glaze. Garnish with candied fruit pieces. Allow glaze to thoroughly dry. Store cookies, tightly covered, overnight or up to 7 days to soften. Makes 48 cookies

Lemon Glaze
  • 1 1/2  cups  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  melted butter
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 3 - 4  teaspoons  water

1. In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar, melted butter, and lemon juice. Add enough water to make of drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Lebkuchen)
  • cal. (kcal) 82,
  • Fat, total (g) 1,
  • chol. (mg) 5,
  • carb. (g) 17,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 19,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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