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Lebkuchen II

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"A traditional German Christmas cookie."
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servings 154
Original recipe yields 84 servings (14 dozen)


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  1. Bring honey to a boil in a large Dutch oven; remove from heat, and cool slightly. Stir in brown sugar, beaten eggs, lemon rind, and juice.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl; gradually add to honey mixture, stirring well. Stir in citron and chopped pecans, blending well. Cover and chill overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Gently press ball to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of a glass dipped in cool water. Gently press an almond slice in the center of each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove cookie sheets from oven. Brush glaze over cookies and remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. To Make Glaze: Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook over high heat, without stirring, until mixture reaches thread stage (230 degrees F ). Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, mixing well. Place over low heat, if necessary, to maintain basting consistency.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 154 calories; 2.4 32.3 2.1 7 36 Full nutrition

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I understand different areas of Germany had different recipes and I really looked forward to Christmas as that was when we got Lebkuckens from Gramma. Her recipe did not have citron! instead she...

My Stepdads Mother use to make these for him a long long time ago. He's been baking cookies all weekend and can't stop thinking about these cookies. I think I just made his holiday bright! Th...

As a military family, who lived in Germany, these are traditional. They harden over night, so store them in an airtight container with a slice of apple. This will keep them soft. I made the gl...

There are as many recipes for lebkuchen as there are German grandmothers! In my family Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without lebkuchen. I make Grandma's recipe that she got from her grandmot...

This was the best and most traditional Lebkuchen I've made. I did not use the Citron, and I've never seen it used. I served to my European friends and they agreed it was like home. :-) Thanks wi...

A great German tradition.