Rating: 4.65 stars
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

A German honey Christmas cookie made with molasses.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
7 hrs 53 mins
total:
8 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, beat the egg, brown sugar and honey until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice; stir into the molasses mixture. Stir in the almonds and candied fruit peel. Cover or wrap dough, and chill overnight.

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into 2x3 inch rectangles. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. While still warm, brush the cookies with the lemon glaze.

  • To make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir together the egg white, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Brush over cookies.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 26.6g; fat 1.1g; cholesterol 5.2mg; sodium 24.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2010
My Grandmother always made these for us. So I took some tips from her. I put the dough in a plastic bag with flour to chill over night. When we are ready to make the cookies, we just take the bag of dough out of the fridge, and roll them into balls and bake them on a greased cookie sheet. It is fairly sticky though, most recipes like this are. But this way, you don't have to worry about rolling out the dough, and making a sticky mess :) Also, we wait for the cookies to cool, then dip the top in the lemon glaze, that way more glaze stays on the cookies, and doesn't just slide off of them because they're so hot :) Read More
(98)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/24/2003
well I am no expert but when I made the dough it was very very sticky - totally unrollable. Needed more flour. Then once the cookies are made they are etremely sweet. not the traditional German flavour by my reckoning. Read More
(16)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2010
My Grandmother always made these for us. So I took some tips from her. I put the dough in a plastic bag with flour to chill over night. When we are ready to make the cookies, we just take the bag of dough out of the fridge, and roll them into balls and bake them on a greased cookie sheet. It is fairly sticky though, most recipes like this are. But this way, you don't have to worry about rolling out the dough, and making a sticky mess :) Also, we wait for the cookies to cool, then dip the top in the lemon glaze, that way more glaze stays on the cookies, and doesn't just slide off of them because they're so hot :) Read More
(98)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
This is the second year I have used this recipe. The Lebkuchen turn out wonderful and my german father can't get enough of them says they remind him of when he was a boy. My husband loves them just as much! They are great with coffee and good with or without the fruit. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2005
These cookies are the best I made a double batch of cookies and 1 of icing and still had some left over. I am taking 3 dozen for our cookie exchange next week. I am very pleased with this recipe. I remember having these as a kid so thanks for the memory too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2008
Though I'm only a little bit German I first had Lebkuchen in German class. I didn't know what I thought of it at first but over the years I find to love it. I used this recipe for a German projekte and it was loved by all! Thanks this is the best!! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2013
I lived in Germany for 3 years and really miss good Lebkuchen from the Christmas Market especially the one in Heidelberg. I Just tried this recipe and it's WAY better than I was expecting. Has the same texture I remember and the flavor is not too spicy but mellow. I used white sugar instead of brown (figuring why bother using brown with so much molasses). I also divided the recipe and made half of it with an additional cup of ground almonds and a tsp of almond extract just to see the difference. Both ways were perfect and I will be gifting these to my friends as well as adding them to my "must haves" for Christmas. Yes the dough is sticky but if you roll them into balls and flatten them (greased hands help) and use parchment paper on your cookie sheets then they make the cutest little circles and bake in about 10 minutes at 375F. (I didn't even bother to chill just used my cookie scoop aka tiny ice cream scoop on the soft dough then rolled in my hands and used plastic wrap to press on top into rounds to keep my hands clean). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2011
Yummy yummy! Dough is not intended to make fancy shapes. Also MUST chill for few hours before rolling out. I prefer to press dough out into floured jelly roll pan (not greased) and cut into bars after baking. Then glaze/frost before taking bars out of pan. Need to separate layers in container with wax or parchment paper. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/24/2003
well I am no expert but when I made the dough it was very very sticky - totally unrollable. Needed more flour. Then once the cookies are made they are etremely sweet. not the traditional German flavour by my reckoning. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2011
These Lebkuchen are delicious but quite a bit of work. The dough was very tempermental but it could have been because I was trying to make little gingerbread-type people out of them. With enough flour and a lot of patience they came out better on the second try. Royal icing with a little lemon extract was perfect for decorating my little Lebkuchen people! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2012
Was a little sweeter than I like. Would like to try it again with reduced amount of brown sugar. Read More
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