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Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.comLebkuchen II

Ingredients:

  • 1 - cup honey

  • 1 - cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 - pounds almonds, blanched

  • 1/4 - pounds chopped citron

  • 1 - lemon grated rind of

  • 1 - teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 - teaspoon cloves

  • 1 - Tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 - teaspoon salt

  • 4 - ounces brandy

  • 4-1/2 - cups sifted flour

  • 1 - teaspoon hartshorn salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375� F. Grease cookie sheet.

  1. Boil the honey and sugar for a few minutes. 

  2. Add shredded almonds, citron, lemon rind, and spices. 

  3. Stir well into mixture. 

  4. Add brandy, sift in flour and hartshorn. 

  5. Stir for 10 minutes vigorously.

  6. Cover dough and chill overnight, not in too cool a place. 

  7. Next day roll out floured board to 1/4-inch thickness, cut in shapes (hearts or diamonds).

  8. Bake for about 15 minutes. 
    Turn off heat, let stand in oven 5 minutes. Cool. Combine:

  • 1 - cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 - lemon, juice and grated rind

  1. Make a smooth, creamy paste, thinning with a little cream if necessary. 

  2. Spread lightly on cookies. 

  3. These are traditional Bethlehem Christmas cookies.


 

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