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Spread Holiday Cheer With German Soft Gingerbread Cookies by Moeava Hoefnagels

By: Olivia H  

 My wife is German, and we have been living in Asia for such a long time, that making Lebkuchen (German soft gingerbread cookies) for Christmas brings a little bit of the German christmas smells and joy into our house! This tradition was past down from my parents, and one day to our children!!



German Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Here’s the recipe for roughly 30 Lebkuchen cookies

  • Prep time: 45 min 
  • Cooking: 13-15 min 
  • Preheated oven at 180*celsius/350*fahrenheit

Step 1, Assemble the ingredients: 

  • - 250g/0.55lbs baking potatoes
  • - 3 eggs
  • - 375g/7.05oz  sugar
  • - 225g/7.94oz flour
  • - 21g/0.74oz or 1 and half pack of German baking powder (Dr.Oetker brand) 
  • - 250g/8.82oz ground hazelnut
  • - 50g/1.76oz candied orange zest finely cut
  • - 50g/1.76oz candied lemon zest finely cut
  • - 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • - 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • - 2 tsp all spice
  • - 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • - 500g/1.10lbs of dark chocolate 70-75% or darker 
  • Optional: Oblatten (edible paper wafers), unfortunately in Asia we cant find any. 


Now comes the fun part, time to bake!
Boil your potatoes till fully cooked, peel, and pass them through a potato press, important to press them while they are hot, use some gloves for this, otherwise you will literally be playing hot potato. 


Add your baking soda, hazelnut, candied fruits, grounded spices to your flour, and mix into the pressed potatoes. 



Melt chocolate in a bain marie, the chocolate will be used to cover the top of the baked Lebkuchen.


Preheat your oven to 180*celsius/350*fahrenheit


Using a table spoon place your Lebkuchen dough on you baking sheet, or your Oblatten, give them some breathing room as they tend to expand while baking. 



Bake for around 13-15 min, make sure you don't burn the sides. 



Place them on a cooling tray, and later dip the top part in the chocolate and let them cool down.



Not only are these delicious, but they also make your house smell like the North Pole. Enjoy! :) 



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