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Lebkuchen

Yield about 7 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

How to Make It

  1. Combine sugar, water, and butter in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir well, and cool.

  2. Dissolve soda in warm water. Add flour, baking powder, and dissolved soda to cooled spice mixture; mix well.

  3. Shape dough into three 10- inch-long rolls; wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate 8 days. Dough will be sticky.

  4. Unwrap roll, and cut into 1/4- inch slices. Place cookies on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

  5. Note: For a uniform cookie slice, use a piece of string wrapped around the cookie roll. Wrap the string around the bottom of the roll and criss-cross the ends at the top. Pull string away from roll to slice.

  6. This results in a more uniform cookie slice which doesn't affect the shape of the remaining roll.

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