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Lebkuchen I(Ginger Cakes)

Ingredients:Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.com

  • 1/2 - cup shortening
  • 1 - cup brown sugar
  • 2 - eggs
  • 1 - cup molasses
  • 1 - cup warm coffee
  • 1 - teaspoon soda
  • 4-1/2 - cups flour
  • 2 - tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 - teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 - teaspoon cloves
  • 1 - teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 - teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 - pound finely chopped citron
  • 1/4 - pound shredded orange peel
  • 1/4 - pound shredded lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 - cups chopped nutmeats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease cookie sheets.

  1. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs separately, stirring.  Add molasses, dissolve soda in hot coffee, and add. 

  2. Sift flour and cocoa with spices and a pinch of salt.  Add to mixture, alternating with mixed fruit and nuts. 

  3. Spread batter on cookie sheet to 1/2-inch thickness, allowing for spreading.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Cut into squares.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Did You Know?
The Pennsylvania Dutch come mostly from what is now Germany rather than the Netherlands. Logically, their language too is ultimately a derivative of Palatinate German, not Dutch.

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