So today is Kid Recipe day! Continuing on with the German theme I did yesterday, here is a kid recipe for one of my FAVORITE German cookies that I associate with Christmas.
Lebkuchen! Pronounced layb-kooch-yen. The kooch part is not ch like church...it's that German-in-your-throat-that-sounds-like-you-are-coughing-up-something sound.
It's kid friendly because everything is mixed in one bowl, put in one pan, then baked! Normally you don't really decorate them, but the kiddos could put on a light frosting too. I guess you could say it's German gingerbread.
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 2 cups flour, all-purpose
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (see comments above)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup mixed candied fruits and peels, finely chopped
- 1 egg white
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Grease a 15 X 10 X 1-inch baking sheet.
- In large mixer bowl, beat egg and oil. Add brown sugar and beat well.
- Add honey and molasses. Mix well.
- Mix together flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda. Add to egg mixture and beat till well mixed.
- Stir in almonds and candied fruit and peel. Dough will be very thick.
- Spread in baking pan. Use back of spoon to spread, dipping spoon in water so that dough doesn't stick to spoon.
- Bake for 15 - 23 minutes or until done.
- with a sharp knife, score into bars immediately upon removing from oven by just cutting through the top crust.
- With mixer, in small bowl, beat egg white, powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
- Spread icing over warm bars. Cool completely.
- Cut through completely at the score marks to cut into individual bars.
- Makes about 32.
This is how I know them!