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A traditional German baked Christmas treat
Course Snack
Cuisine German
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chilling time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 197
Author Michelle


For the Cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for kneading
  • teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup molasses

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  • 2. Sift together the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Set aside.
  • 3. Beat the egg and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl.
  • 4. Beat in the honey and molasses until thoroughly combined.
  • 5. On low speed, stir in the flour mixture until just combined.
  • 6. Turn the dough out from the bowl onto a well-floured surface. Knead the dough, adding more flour as kneaded, until a stiff dough is formed.
  • 7. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
  • 8. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough into a 9x12-inch rectangle. Cut the dough into 18 3x2-inch rectangles. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • 9. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Whisk together the confectioner's sugar, water and lemon juice and brush or spread on top of the cookies.
  • 10. Allow the glaze to firm, and then store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 179mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.6mg