The Bombens are from a region in Poland, and are a traditional German Christmas treat with other cookies.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
20 mins
30 mins
1 hr 30 mins
2 dozen


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease muffin pans for 24 cookies.

  • Combine the honey, sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and butter are melted and the mixture is hot but not boiling. Transfer to a mixing bowl and cool.

  • Sift together the 4 cups plus 1 tablespoon of flour, 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and the baking powder.

  • When the milk mixture has cooled, stir in the eggs, lemon zest or extract, the flour and cocoa mixture, and the ground cardamom, mace, cloves, and cinnamon. Fold in the 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon currants, the 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped almonds, and the 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped citron.

  • Fill the muffin cups 1/2 full with the batter. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Combine the apricot jam and the 2 tablespoons of water in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat. When the cookies have cooled, brush them with the warm jam mixture.

  • Sift the confectioners' sugar with the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Add just enough hot water to give the glaze a good coating consistency. Pour the glaze over the cookies. When the glaze has dried completely, pack the cookies in airtight containers.

Editor's Note

Fourteen ounces of honey is 1 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons.

Cook's Note

In place of the lemon zest, you can use two tablespoons of lemon essence (extract).

Nutrition Facts

336 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 67.6g 22% DV; fat 7.1g 11% DV; cholesterol 32.2mg 11% DV; sodium 126.5mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition