Chocolate Lebkuchen

chocolate lebkuchen

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

2 eggs

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.

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