Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lebkuchan - four generations of cookie bliss...

Happy Holidays all! I'm on the verge of my daughter's wedding in the next few days - so posts will be few for a while. I wanted to share one of my all-time-favorite recipes before I take a few days off. If you try nothing else - I hope you try these.

These have been a family favorite for at least four generations - possibly more. We can’t find where the original recipe actually came from. I remember watching my mother make these while standing (probably a bit too close!) right under her elbow, getting bumped occasionally as she rolled them out.

Mom knew how to make a kid WANT a cookie... She insisted on “aging” the cookies in our cold storage room for almost three weeks - agony for all of us waiting since the day after Thanksgiving when she baked them.

My family refuses to wait for them to age, but it takes at least a day for them to soften and develop the soft, chewy texture that we love. As they stand for a few days the glaze hardens and turns white, reminding us of broken ice when we take the first bite.

Try these... You’ll never look at traditional Christmas cookies the same way again. Amongst all the plethora of decadent goodies out there - this one reigns supreme in our family. Not too sweet, with a light spicy flavor - we just can’t leave these alone. This is near the top of my top ten recipes. Merry Christmas!

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1 comment:

  1. These look delicious. I'm a big ginger bread cookie fan especially when the cookies are not too hard.