German Lebkuchen , or honey molasses gingerbread cut out cookies, have been a tradition in my family for a long time. I made my version of these cookies for Cost Plus World Market’s blog, Discover. This post is sponsored by World Market and is the 3rd recipe in a series of 4 that I made for them for a Global Holiday Baking series. Day one was Holland, Day 2 was France today day 3 is Germany and on Christmas eve will be Italy. I have had a blast making these recipes this holiday season.
When I was a little kid I loved going to my grandparents house because they always had a wide variety of Lebkuchen cookies. They would always give us one of the HUGE heart shaped ones that were frosted with decorations and “Ich Libe Dich” ( I love you) written on them in icing. Those were thick softer lebkuchen cookies. They also had little round ones that were iced with a lemony glaze and crispier, almost gingersnap like, with icing on them. I am a fan of the crispier gingersnap kind so this is what I made for World Market.
I roll these thick and just slightly underbake so they aren’t too crispy, still a little soft, but not as soft as the biscuit kind of Lebkuchen. I ice with a basic royal icing that sets up firm. These are really good with a cup of coffee.
The big heart shaped Lebkuchen we had as kids were always hung on the Christmas tree. So I made some with holes to tie string through so they too could be hung on the tree as ornaments. One great thing about this batter is that it doesn’t spread when baked so the precut holes don’t close up. The spices in these cookies help make the tree smell extra good and christmassy. Better than a tree shaped car freshener!
Another fun way to make these cookies is to number them 1-24 to have an edible advent calendar! A cookie a day until Christmas? Sign me up!
The recipe and more step by step directions reside over on Discover – a blog by World Market. I ask that you pin from there since the recipe resides there. Do you have any traditions in your family that you had as a kid and still continue now with your family? I would love to hear about them.