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