Christmas Lebkuchen (Honey and Ginger Cookie) Recipe

As promised, here’s the recipe for the Lebkuchen decoration. Lebkuchen is a traditional German Christmas cookie, similar to ginger bread. It’s spicy, and normally comes with sugar icing on the top. There’s a lot of different recipes around and some prefers the very soft and thick cookies, some like it thin and crunchy. My aim was to make thinner cookies, primarily to use them to decorate the Christmas tree. They are also really tasty at the same time and they will keep soft for a few days. You can also make thicker ones from this dough recipe. Super easy, super quick. It shouldn’t take you more than 25 miutes to prepare the dough and cut the cookies, plus another 10 minutes of baking time.

image

Ingredients:

250g plain flour

100g honey

80g butter

100g ground almond

1 ts bicarbonate soda

1 ts baking powder

1 ts ground ginger

1 heaped ts ground cinnamon

1/2 ts of ground nutmeg

1 orange zested

2 orange slices juiced

For the icing:

Mix icing sugar with water in a bowl until you get the desired thickness of the sugar paste. If you’re just dipping the cookies, a weak and watery icing will do it. If you want to  decorate the cookies with writing, make the paste thicker.

image

Directions:

Weigh out all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add the orange zest and squeeze the juice out of two orange slices by hand. Melt the honey end the butter in a pan over low heat and pour the mixture over the dry ingredients. Start mixing by hand. If it’s too sticky for some reason add more flour. If it’s too dry and you notice big cracks when you’re kneading the dough, add some more honey and butter combo or more orange juice. Let it cool down a little. Roll it out and cut the cookies with your preferred cutter. I cut holes into them with the help of a regular plastic drinking straw, for hanging them. Preheat oven to 175C and place the cookies on the baking tray covered with baking paper. Bake them for 10 minutes and they should be ready. They burn very easily, be careful. If the cookies are thicker, you can add 3-5 minutes more to the baking time.image

Enjoy them with mulled wine, punch or spicy tea. I wouldn’t pair anything with a glass of milk, but if that’s your thing then go for it!

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge