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More seasonal baking for you today in the form of the German Christmas cookie, Lebkuchen, which is similar to gingerbread however has a stronger taste.

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When thinking what to get friends for Christmas I sometimes struggle with getting personal gifts which aren’t your generic soap and slippers. Something with the a homemade touch which said friend will find special.

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Presents which I have remembered and cherished is a CD with all the songs from a film which I loved, a scrapbook of memories and pictures and homemade bunting because alot of thought, time and effort went into them.

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So, to cut a long story short, I’ve made these cookies for a couple of close friends instead of chocolate in the hope it will make up for my kinda crappy present buying skills!

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Ingredients

For the cookies
250g butter
85g ground almonds
2tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1tsp baking powder
200ml clear honey
1 lemon (zest)
85g butter
pinch each of ground cloves, grated nutmeg and black pepper
 
For the icing 
100g icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Edible glitter for decoration
 

Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Boil the kettle and make a bain-marie. Melt the butter and honey together and set to one side. Combine all the dry ingredients then pour in the honey/butter mixture and stir. Leave to cool then shape the dough into balls, place on the baking tray then bake for 15 minutes or golden brown. Leave to cool on a baking tray.

For the icing, juice the lemon and add to the icing sugar. Beat until a smooth paste then drizzle over the cookies and sprinkle with either edible glitter or grated lemon zest.

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Bag up and give as presents!

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