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A plate of shaped biscuits with white icing on top, set on a wire rack

Lebkuchen

Published: November 13, 2020 at 10:20 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + Chilling + Setting
  • Easy
  • Makes 20

Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal152
fat5.8g
saturates2.4g
carbs22.6g
sugars13.8g
fibre0.6g
protein2.2g
salt0.2g
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Try our lebkuchen biscuits then check out our spiced Christmas biscuits, mulled wine, stollen and Christmas market recipes to recreate at home.

Ingredients

  • 200ml runny honey
  • 85g butter
  • 225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch mixed spice
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g icing sugar

Method

  • STEP 1

    Warm the honey and butter together in a small pan until combined.

  • STEP 2

    Put the remaining ingredients, except the icing sugar, in a bowl, and pour over the melted butter. Combine until a sticky dough forms, wrap in baking paper then chill for 1 hour.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured worksurface to 1cm thick, then cut into 5cm biscuits using heart, star or round cookie cutters. Transfer to baking-paper-lined trays with a little space around each one, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and risen slightly. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  • STEP 4

    Mix the icing sugar with 5 tsp of water to make a smooth icing, and spoon over the top of each biscuit. Leave to set for 1 hour. They will keep in an airtight container for up to four days, or wrap in recyclable gift bags to give as presents.

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