Lebkuchen
 
Makes about 32 cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups (330 grams) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup (170 grams) honey
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) spiced rum
  • 1 tablespoon (3 grams) lemon zest
  • 4 cups (500 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (48 grams) almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons (15 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon (6 grams) ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mace
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup (240 grams) whole milk
  • 128 whole blanched almonds
  • Rum Sugar Glaze (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C). Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add honey, beating until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in rum and lemon zest.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking powder, cloves, allspice, baking soda, mace, and cardamom. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Using a 3-tablespoon spring-loaded scoop, scoop dough, and place 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Press 4 almonds, touching, into center of each dough ball. (The almonds will move apart as the cookie bakes.)
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and place on wire racks. Using a pastry brush, brush tops of cookies with Rum Sugar Glaze. (If glaze gets too thick, heat in the microwave on high for 10 seconds, stir, and continue brushing cookies.) Let dry and cool completely on wire racks before serving.
Recipe by Bake from Scratch at https://www.bakefromscratch.com/lebkuchen/