These festive spiced Lebkuchen cookies (or biscuits if you’re not American) originate from Germany and make a great treat in the festive season. They’re full of happy, warming spices that just ooze Christmas and go perfectly with a coffee or mulled wine.
They’re traditionally made in the shape of a heart, but considering I made these in December, I figured that snowflakes, stars and trees were more appropriate.
My recipe calls for a dab of jam on the front of the biscuit and the backs are dipped in dark chocolate. Once again, in the spirit of the festive season, I decorated mine a bit more creatively, with some still having the dab of jam on the front.
The dough itself is quite delicate to work with. The mix, when turned onto the rolling surface, needs extra flour gently kneaded into it. It’s a fine line between just enough to too much, but err on the side of less is more. Just handle the dough very gently, because it breaks quite easily.
That said, if your cut shapes break, just re-roll them with the excess cut around and none will go to waste.