8 Days of Cookies: Lebkuchen

Growing up, my great grandmother made these fabulous gingerbread-like cookies called Lebkuchen, which are a German spice cookie. They're delicious with your morning cup of coffee as well as with your glass of sparkling rosé.

Lebkuchen

For The Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon egg white
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • grated zest from 1 lemon

For The Cookies:

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 cups all-pupose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

recipe yields 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Directions: grease 3 baking sheets. Beet the egg and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in the honey and molasses. Sift the flour and spices and stir into the egg mixture. Chill until firm, about two hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350º. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 3x2 inch rectangles (or use cookie cutters, we tend to do hearts and stars.) Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack. Mix confectioners' sugar, egg white, lemon juice and lemon zest together and brush this glaze over the cookies.

Allow the place to firm, then store the cookies in an airtight container.