German Christmas Cookies: Lebkuchen. Authentic recipe of the most popular German cookies: spicy, soft and incredibly flavorful. Give them as gifts to your family and friends! Spice mix recipe provided.
Keyword german christmas cookies, german cookies, lebkuchen
1/4teaspoonhartshorn or 1/2 teaspoon baking sodabaker's ammonia
250gramsor 2 cups flour
Combine all ingredient of the spice mix.
In a saucepan, combine honey, sugar and butter and cook on medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved, stirring constantly. Let cool to room temperature. Add 1/2 egg, lemon zest and Lebkuchen spice mix. Dissolve potash and hartshorn in water. Add it to the honey mixture together with flour. Knead into a firm dough.
Wrap the dough in plastic foil and let it rest for at least 1 hour 30 minutes in the fridge.
Knead the dough again. Roll thick on floured surface (4-5 mm or 1.5-2 inches)
Preheat the oven to 180 °C or 355 ºF. Cut the dough with cookie cutters of your choice. Place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Increase the baking time if you like harder cookies. Immediately remove from the baking tray. Let cool and decorate with glaze or leave plain. Enjoy!
This recipe makes about 20-25 medium-sized cookies. The exact amount depends on the size of your cookie cutter.