2020 Cookie Contest Entries

Lebkuchen (a German cookie)


4 cups all purpose, unbleached flour, plus 2 cups to add later
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 pound coarsely ground almonds
1/4 pound chopped citron
1/4 pound chopped candied orange
1/4 pound chopped candied lemon
1 pint sorghum molasses
1/2 pound butter
1 pound dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda


Mix 4 cups flour with the salt, spices and chopped candied citron, orange and lemon.
In a large saucepan, mix molasses, butter, brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Pour this over the flour mixture.
When this is cooled to room temperature, stir in the beaten eggs and baking soda mixed with the 2 extra cups of flour.
Put the dough in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
When you are ready to bake, knead in enough flour to make it easy to roll out and cut.
Bake in a 325 degree oven until slightly brown, about 8 minutes.
When cool, ice with a white icing.

Barbara Bretz
Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

This cookie recipe has been passed down on my husband’s side of the family.
It isn’t an easy or quick cookie to make; but is worth the effort.
Everyone loves it. The mixture of spices and fruit is what Christmas is all about.
If you want a sample, I’ll send you some!