Oma's lebkuchen

    3 hours

    Cocoa, cinnamon, cloves and honey flavour these classic German lebkuchen. Cut into gingerbread men shapes, or try stars, Christmas trees or Santa hats!

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    Serves: 30 

    • For the lebkucken
    • 340g ground almonds
    • 190g plain flour, plus more for dusting
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 90g butter
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    • 1 egg
    • For the icing
    • 190g icing sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons boiling water, or as needed

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:2hr25min  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two baking trays.
    2. For the lebkuchen, mix ground almonds, flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Use your fingers to rub in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add honey and egg; mix together to form a dough.
    3. Dust work surface with flour. Roll out dough into a circle about 3mm thick. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with a floured cutter. Place 5cm apart on baking trays.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on the tray 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes.
    5. For the icing, combine icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Mix in enough boiling water to make a smooth and spreadable icing. Spread icing on cooled lebkuchen using a table knife. Set aside until icing hardens, about 2 hours.

    Cook's note

    Substitute ground hazelnuts for the almonds if preferred.

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