Lebkuchen (Chocolate-Glazed Almond Spice Cookies)

Lebkuchen (Chocolate-Glazed Almond Spice Cookies)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Yield : 8-10

  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • 10 ozs candied citrus peel (mixed, finely chopped)
  • 8 ozs ground almonds (finely)
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg (freshly)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 14 wafers (3½” oblaten, available at Bavaria Sausage Inc.)
  • 2 tbsps light corn syrup
  • 4 ozs semisweet chocolate (finely chopped)

Directions to make Lebkuchen (Chocolate-Glazed Almond Spice Cookies)

1. Whisk together 1 cup sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl; using a hand mixer, beat mixture until thickened. Stir in candied peel, almonds, milk, flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Place a heaping ¼ cup of batter on an oblaten wafer; spread batter to edges, leaving it mounded in center. Repeat with remaining wafers; transfer to parchment paper—lined baking sheets, spaced 1″ apart. Let sit until slightly dried, about 1 hour.2. Heat oven to 275°. Bake lebkuchen until a toothpick inserted in the middle of each comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat remaining sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water in a 1-qt. saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over chocolate; let sit 1 minute. Stir until glaze is shiny. Brush lebkuchen with glaze; let cool to set glaze.

NOTE: This recipe has been modified from the version that ran in the print edition of SAVEUR. We have decreased the quantity of milk to 1 tbs., and increased the quantity of flour to ½ cup. We’ve also adjusted the yield from 1 dozen down to 8-10 cookies.