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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.


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.


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.


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!



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.


Bag up and give as presents!