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It's the holiday season and my boss brought in a big plate of cookies that his wife and her mother had baked, including biscotti and Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes.  It made me remembe
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Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 10:57 AM EST
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It's the holiday season and my boss brought in a big plate of cookies that his wife and her mother had baked, including biscotti and Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes.  It made me remember back to when my aunt made Christmas cookies.  She was Austrian, and so this included lebkuchen and other German cookies.  I wish that I had that recipe for lebkuchen.

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 11:12 AM EST
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Maybe somebody in VBB can help you find the receipe for lebkuchen. 

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 11:19 AM EST
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sorry I can't help with that recipe. I will try to look for it and I'll check back.

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 12:38 PM EST
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I found it in my 1961 Betty Crocker cook book but I'm heading out the door.  I'll write this long and complicated recipe  when I get back home.

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 2:48 PM EST
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First: 10/15/2010
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In Response to Holiday cookies:
It's the holiday season and my boss brought in a big plate of cookies that his wife and her mother had baked, including biscotti and Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes.  It made me remember back to when my aunt made Christmas cookies.  She was Austrian, and so this included lebkuchen and other German cookies.  I wish that I had that recipe for lebkuchen.
Posted by Jean M


Hi Jean,

I found two recipes for tis cookie (lebkuchen).  Here is the first one from Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cookbook (1965)

Noel Fruit Cookies (Lebkuchn)

1 egg                                                        1/2 tsp cloves
3/ cup brown sugar                               1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 cup honey                                          1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 cups flour, sifted
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon                                1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruits and peels 
1 1/4 tsp nutmeg                                    1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds

Beat egg; add br sugar and beat till fluffy.  Stir in honey and molasses.  Sift together dry ingredients; add to first mixture, mix well.  Stir in fruit, peels, nuts.

Chill several hours or overnight.  On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/4".  Cut into rectangles 3 1/2 x 2 inches.  Place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake in moderate oven (350) for about 12 minutes.  Cool slightly before removing from pan.  Makes about 2 doz.


From Betty Crocker Cookie Book 1978

1/2 cup honey                                  1/2 tspsoda
1/2 cup molasses                           1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup br sugar, packed               1 tsp cloves
1 egg                                                   1 tsp allspice
1 Tbs lemon juice                            1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp grated lemon rind                   1/3 cup cut-up citron
     (grated)                                           1/3 cup chopped nuts
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour             Glazing Icing (below)

Mix honey and molasses, bring to boil.  Cool thoroughly.  Str in sugar, egg, lemon juice, and rind.  Measure sifted flour.  Stir in dry ingredients, blend in.  Mix in citron and nuts.  Chill dough overnight.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll small amt of dough at a time, keeping rest chilled.  Roll out 1/4" thick on lightly floured board, cut into oblongs 2 1/2 x 1 1/2".  Place 1" apart on greased baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 mins. or until no imprint remains when touched.  Bruch icinig lightly over cokies immediately.  Quickly remove from baking sheet.  Cool and store in airtight container with cut orange or apple for a few days to mellow.  Makes 6 doz cookies.

Glazing Icing:  Blend 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in small saucepan.  Boil until first indication of thread appears (230 on candy therm).  Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup conf sugar.  If icing becomes sugary while brushing cookies, reheat slightly, adding a little water until clear again.

Hope this helps.                                    

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 2:49 PM EST
Posts: 888
First: 10/15/2010
Last: 3/2/2014
In Response to Re: Holiday cookies:
In Response to Holiday cookies : Hi Jean, I found two recipes for tis cookie (lebkuchen).  Here is the first one from Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cookbook (1965) Noel Fruit Cookies (Lebkuchn) 1 egg                                                        1/2 tsp cloves 3/ cup brown sugar                               1/2 tsp allspice 1/2 cup honey                                          1/2 tsp soda 1/2 cup dark molasses 3 cups flour, sifted 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon                                1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruits and peels  1 1/4 tsp nutmeg                                    1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds Beat egg; add br sugar and beat till fluffy.  Stir in honey and molasses.  Sift together dry ingredients; add to first mixture, mix well.  Stir in fruit, peels, nuts. Chill several hours or overnight.  On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/4".  Cut into rectangles 3 1/2 x 2 inches.  Place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake in moderate oven (350) for about 12 minutes.  Cool slightly before removing from pan.  Makes about 2 doz. From Betty Crocker Cookie Book 1978 1/2 cup honey                                  1/2 tspsoda 1/2 cup molasses                           1 tsp cinnamon 3/4 cup br sugar, packed               1 tsp cloves 1 egg                                                   1 tsp allspice 1 Tbs lemon juice                            1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp grated lemon rind                   1/3 cup cut-up citron      (grated)                                           1/3 cup chopped nuts 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour             Glazing Icing (below) Mix honey and molasses, bring to boil.  Cool thoroughly.  Str in sugar, egg, lemon juice, and rind.  Measure sifted flour.  Stir in dry ingredients, blend in.  Mix in citron and nuts.  Chill dough overnight. Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll small amt of dough at a time, keeping rest chilled.  Roll out 1/4" thick on lightly floured board, cut into oblongs 2 1/2 x 1 1/2".  Place 1" apart on greased baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 mins. or until no imprint remains when touched.  Bruch icinig lightly over cokies immediately.  Quickly remove from baking sheet.  Cool and store in airtight container with cut orange or apple for a few days to mellow.  Makes 6 doz cookies. Glazing Icing:  Blend 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in small saucepan.  Boil until first indication of thread appears (230 on candy therm).  Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup conf sugar.  If icing becomes sugary while brushing cookies, reheat slightly, adding a little water until clear again. Hope this helps.                                    
Posted by Harriet G


Sorry about the typos!

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 12/23/2010 5:43 PM EST
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Looks like Harriett gave you recipes from her "New" cookbooks .... lol lol
Here's mine ... just like her's.

LEBKUCHEN
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup brown sugar packed
1 egg
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup cut-up citron
1/3 cup chopped nuts
Mix honey and milasses; bring to a boil.  Stir in sugar, egg, lemon juice and rind.
Measure flour by dip-level-pour.  Blend all dry ingredients; stir in.  Mix in citron and nuts. 
Chill overnight.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll small amount at a time, keeping the rest chilled.
Roll 1/4" thick, cut into oblongs, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2".
Place 1' apart on greased baking sheet.  Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until no imprint remains
when touched lightly.
While cookies bake, make Glazing Icing.  Brush it over cookies the minute they are removed from the oven.  Quickly remove from the baking sheet.  Cool. Store to mellow.
Makes 6 doz. 3 x 2" cookies.
GLAZING ICING
Boil together 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until first indication of a thread appears (230 degrees).  Remove from heat.  Stir in 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and brush hot icing lightly over cookies.   When icing gets sugary, reheat slightly, adding a little more water until clear again.

Re: Holiday cookies

posted at 1/16/2011 10:06 PM EST
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Last: 6/2/2013
Thank you Harriet and Nancy G for the recipes.  Will have to try them.  Sound delicious!

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