German Lebkuchen Bites For Holidays and Christmas

lebkuchen bites

In Germany there is no Christmas without Lebkuchen.  The German Lebkuchen Bites are an alternative to the the regular gingerbread cookies. Important is the Lebkuchen spice that is a must add, like in the USA you add these spices to a pumpkin pie which make a unique taste. Happy Baking!

Ingredients German Lebkuchen Bites

Makes 45 pieces
70 g dark unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate
200 g soft butter
200 g powdered sugar
2 eggs
70 g ground hazelnuts
1 tbsp baking powder, salt
2 tbsp brown rum
2 tbsp Lebkuchen spice or all spice (see below)
How to Make the Lebkuchen Spice –
250 g flour
2 packages cake glaze (in German it’s a so called Kuchenglasur) preferably white but dark one will be ok too; alternatively use white or dark unsweetened baking chocolate – Find the Kuchenglasur here – 
50 g dried unsweetened apricots

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Baking Instructions German Lebkuchen Bites

– Chop chocolate with a knife and melt it by using the double-boiler method.
– Place butter in a big bowl and sieve powdered sugar over it.
– By using a hand mixer mix until bubbly.
– Add eggs, chocolate, hazelnuts, baking powder, pinch of salt, rum and spice,
– Mix until you get a smooth dough.
– Place baking paper on a baking tray and spread the dough evenly on it (about 1,5 cm thick).

– Bake it in preheated oven for 25 minutes on 160 C  or 320 F.
– Remove the tray and let cool off thoroughly.
– With a round cutter cutter cut circles out of the dough; place them on a grid.
– Melt the glaze per instructions.
– Spread it over the bites, then decorate with small apricot pieces when glaze is still wet..

(Source: Essen und Trinken 11/1996)

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