Lebkuchen Bars

Christmas Cookies

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped candied cherries
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • Lemon Frosting

Combine egg and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Stir in molasses and honey, and set aside.

Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices in a medium mixing bowl. Combine 1 cup flour mixture, cherries, and almonds, tossing to coat; set aside. Add remaining flour mixture to molasses mixture, stirring well; fold in cherry and almond mixture.

Press dough into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 300° for 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread Lemon Frosting evenly over surface; cut into 3 x 1 inch bars.

Yield: about 4 dozen.

Lemon Frosting

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; blend well.

Yield: frosting for about 4 dozen bars.


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