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Letzelder or Lebkuchen Cookies

by Joe Psotka, 7 Oct 2012

Comment:  My Shwovish mother used to make lets - selder cookies during the Thanksgiving time of the year.  They were a kind of gingerbread cookie with honey and ginger or honey and cinnamon.  The word "letzelder" must have some connnection to leb in lebkuchen, where "leb" may be some sort of

Turkishstem word related to honey. I have lost the recipe and haven't made it for years but the change of seasons has brought it to mouth watering mind. Here's my best guess about the recipe, but it would take much trial and error to get it right, so if anyone has the actual recipe, much appreciated!
  • 1 pound honey
  • 2 pounds of flour
  • ˝ pound sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • cloves?
Work the dough and let it stand overnight. The next day make
little walnut–sized balls of dough; flatten; and decorate with a raisin or almond.  

Be careful not to over bake!
After they are baked and let to stand, they become less crunchy and turn chewy and delicious

[Edited by Rose Mary Keller Hughes, Recipe Coordinator. Published at DVHH by Jody McKim Pharr, 12 Oct 2012]

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