Spiced Biscuit Bars

    1 hour 50 min

    This classic German recipe will produce the most moreish biscuit bars. They are enriched with almonds and spiced with allspice and cinnamon. Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

    2 people made this

    Serves: 40 

    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 250g dark brown soft sugar or white granulated sugar
    • rum essence, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 35g cut mixed peel
    • 75g chocolate, grated
    • 250g plain flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder or bicarbonate of soda
    • 125g almonds, finely chopped
    • 65g jam (optional)
    • For the glaze
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar or as needed
    • 1 tablespoon hot water or as needed
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or as needed

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
    2. Beat together eggs, water and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in rum essence, allspice, cinnamon, mixed peel and chocolate. Sieve in flour and baking powder and fold to incorporate. Stir in almonds and the jam (if using) and stir well.
    3. Spread batter in prepared tray and smooth to even out. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into diamond shapes while still hot. Allow to cool in baking tray.
    4. Meanwhile, mix together hot water, lemon juice and icing sugar to get a thin, transparent icing. (Adjust the relative amounts to get the consistency right). Brush biscuits with glaze once they have cooled. Store in a biscuit tin.

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