Letting the dough rest at least 24 hours before baking allows the spices in this handmade version of the classic German cookie to mellow and meld.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 large egg
3/4 cup finely ground almonds
1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel
15.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons water
How to Make It
To prepare cookies, combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly (do not boil). Pour sugar mixture into a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Add coffee and egg to sugar mixture, stirring with a whisk. Stir in almonds and orange peel.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, stirring to form a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 1 minute or until well combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°.
Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time, roll dough into an 8 x 6–inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle into 16 (3 x 1–inch) bars; place bars 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes or until firm. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cookies.
Great recipe - I make it every year at Christmas - BUT - the cooking time is way off. Recommend cutting the cooking time in half - at least. The ones I left in the total time they said were rock hard. I think I've been doing it 8-10 minutes. Experiment to find the right time for your oven.
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