These German gingerbread cookies, or Lebkuchen, are such a traditional cookie to have for Christmas. They're very easy to make, there's no reason to buy them. The usual ingredients for these are not usually easily available outside of Germany. Yes, one can buy Lebkuchen spice, etc., online, but my recipe below uses regularly available ingredients in Canada and USA.
These are a basic Lebkuchen cookie. Nothing fancy. No nuts or candied fruit inside. Just plain Lebkuchen. Delicious. Iced and topped with nuts. Wunderbar. Quintessentially Christmas.
Traditionally, these are baked on 'oblaten' ... white tasteless wafers. It's actually the only way I know them because that's the way my Mutti made them, and the way that they are bought. However, oblaten are not easily available ... and for the recipe below, I don't bother to use them. Personally, I really don't miss them and prefer the cookie without them :)
Store cookies in a sealable container, with waxed paper between layers of cookies. Place an apple half into the container to keep the cookies moist.
Why not make a batch of each of these cookies for your holiday platter. The different textures and flavours look so pretty, especially when arranged together on a tray. They also make great 'hostess gifts.' Just be ready to pass on the recipes!
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