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There are a lot of holidays coming up: Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Lebkuchen is a classic German Christmas cookie and we thought that would be perfect for the December recipe of the month. Incidentally, if you don't like this recipe there's another inside this issue. We hope you will enjoy this special time to the fullest.

Bob & Rob.

LEBKUCHEN (Marian’s)

1 c. sugar
3/4 c. lard, butter or applesauce
1 egg
1/2 qt. molasses
1/8 lb. citron cut fine
6 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. anise seed
1/2 t. ground anise
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cardamom
3/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream the sugar and shortening and stir in the beaten egg, molasses and citron. Sift together the flour, soda and spices. Combine dry ingredients alternately with the milk to the molasses mixture. Fold in the nuts. Store, covered, overnight in the refrigerator. Roll dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut into 2x3 inch rectangles. Bake on a non-stick or sprayed cookie sheet 375° for 10 minutes. Cool completely and frost with your favorite frosting if desired.
(makes about 2 dozen)

Lebkuchen (a classic German Christmas cookie recipe) is published in our December, 2008 Menu Minder, Issue #302.