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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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
4 tablespoons honey
For the icing
190g icing sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons boiling water, or as needed
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:15min › Extra time:2hr25min › Ready in:3hr
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two baking trays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Substitute ground hazelnuts for the almonds if preferred.