• 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons of clear honey
  • 55g butter or margarine
  • 55g soft brown sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • For icing
  • 85g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • food colouring (optional)

Lebkuchen are spicy German biscuits (not that spicy!) associated with Christmas and are decorated with icing. So get out there and buy the ingredients and make them before its too late! You can use them as gifts for teachers.

Getting the kids to help cook with you

Kids can do all of this, except the oven!



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  1. Grease a baking tray, set oven to 200c
  2. Put the honey, butter and sugar in a pan over a low heat, stir until butter has melted
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ginger and mixed spice, add the yolk
  4. Mix the melted butter, honey and sugar into the flour mixture, squeeze into a ball of doughgerman christmas biscuits recipe children in kitchen
  5. Roll out the dough until 0.5cm thick
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, roll out leftover dough and cut out more shapes
  7. Bake the biscuits for 7-8 minutes, let them cool on a wire rack
  8. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add lemon juice, stirring well (if you want to use different colour icing, divide the icing sugar and lemon into separate bowls so each bowl can be a different colour)
  9. When the biscuits are cool, put the icing into an icing bag, squeeze the bag to pipe on the icing.

Hope you enjoy,

Ellen (aged 9)

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