German bittersweet-chocolate-coated gingerbread cookies.
History: Although having been around in another form since antiquity, today’s Lebkuchen were invented by Medieval monks in Franconia, Germany in the 13th century. Local history in Nuremberg, Germany, where the most famous Lebkuchen hails from, relates that German emperor Friedrich III held a council there in 1487 where he invited the children of the city to a special event to present them with Lebkuchen bearing his printed portrait. Lebkuchen is usually soft, but Russian Cookie House prefers a harder type of Lebkuchen which is available at many German fairs, and was made popular by the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel as being the stuff the witch’s house was made from. The inspiration for chocolate coating came from the Polish Torun version that has been popular in that country since medieval times.
Ingredients: Flour, Almond Meal, Eggs, Dark Brown Sugar, Molasses, Honey, Corn Syrup, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove

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