I have made numerous variations of lebkuchen and this one is my favourite. I actually prefer to leave out the chocolate in the dough and just glaze them with a bit of ganache, but I leave that to you. Just like Christmas, they can be simple or much more spiffy 🙂
2-3/4 cups / 680 g flour
1 tsp / 5 g baking powder
1 tsp /5 g baking soda
2 tsp / 10 g cinnamon
1/2 tsp /3 g ground cloves
1/2 tsp /3 g ground cardamom
1-1/4 cups / 310 g sugar
3/4 cup / 180 g honey
2 tbsp / 30 g water
1/4 cup /60 g orange juice
1 cup / 250 g chocolate chips
1 cup / 250 g chopped almonds
1/2 cup / 125 g chopped mixed peel
* icing sugar or chocolate ganache for “frosting”
Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
Combine sugar, honey and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Cool.
Add eggs and orange juice to cooked mixture. Beat for 1 minute, then add dry ingredients and beat again. Stir in chocolate, nuts and peel.
Grease the bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan. Lay parchment paper in the bottom. Spread batter into pan. Bake at 325 F/160 C for 35 minutes.
Let cool and cover with plastic wrap. Let cookies mellow for 3 days at room temperature. Cut into squares, or shapes if desired. Dust with icing sugar or brush with ganache and serve.