Lebkuchen are one of my FAVOURITE Christmas cookies so I needed to try and make my own! 

Bursting with a mixture of amazing spices and coated in either a traditional sugar glaze or some rich dark chocolate, these are a PERFECT treat for the Christmassy time of year! 
  • 200g runny honey 
  • 85g butter
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds 
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 unwaxed orange, finely grated zest and juice 
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp boiling water
  • 200g dark chocolate 
  • baking tray   
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/Gas Mark 6. Line the baking tin.
  2. Heat the honey and the butter in either the microwave or over a pan of simmering water until the butter is completely melted. Now place this in the fridge for 5 minutes to cool. 
  3. Remove from the fridge and then sieve all the other ingredients in apart from the last 3 on the list. Mix this until fully combined. Return to the fridge and let cool and harden a little for about an hour.
  4. With slightly dampened hands, break off bits and roll into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball. Place on the prepared baking trays, ensuring to leave a gap for spreading and then flatten them slightly with your two fingers. 
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the cookies have risen slightly and are firm to the touch. Set to the side and allow to cool. 
  6. Whilst the Lebkuchen are cooling, in a small bowl mix the icing sugar with the boiling water to form a sugar glaze. 
  7. In another bowl, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. 
  8. Dip one side of each cookie in either the glaze or the chocolate; whichever one you prefer! Leave to set!   
  9. Make a cuppa, kick your legs up and enjoy this little moment of Christmassy joy!
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