Grandma’s Lebkuchen Recipe

Kathy sent in a copy of Grandma’s Lebkuchen recipe. Now someone will have to do some baking and let us know how it turns out (be sure you take pictures).

(as always, click to enlarge)

(as always, click to enlarge)

I found the recipe I always used for my Lebkuchen. It is about the size you would want to make.

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup lard or butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter milk or sour? milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon? salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 pound fruit currents, any preserve? or citon?
  • 3/4 cup nuts

If this is weak molasses and doesn’t have much flavor, add some ???? molasses for flavor. You can make up the dough and let it set for a say or week and it will bake well. I sprinkle sugar and nuts over it when i roll it out and I like that better there. Some people use sugar icing after it is baked.

[after the recipe the letter continues:]

It’s very cold here. It’s 3pm and 6 below zero. Will be very low tonight. Otherwise the sun in shining and it’s beautiful out if you can stand it. Sending you all my love and best wishes and good health this new year. And good luck Loren with your cookies. [I can’t tell what the last sentence says]

Love you all,

grandma Sommerer


6 thoughts on “Grandma’s Lebkuchen Recipe

  1. I think Gmas Leb cookies had a healthy cup full of concrete in each batch… They were as hard as bricks. She could have sold them to the NHL for hockey pucks.

    Prob the only thing she made besides cooked cheese that I couldn’t eat. Well add to that list chicken feet, Squibb, blood sausage, cream off of the jersey milk….How about you all??

  2. Lloyd sr says ” he did not care for the cheese either but that was all they had. You can pay big bucks for that cheese now with a little bit of halopeno pepper in it and it is delicious.”

  3. Lloyd says best lebkuchen he ever ate was by sister Margie. He does not remember powdered sugar on gramaws at all. Always flour on top or bottom. Margie bought all good stuff to put in hers and Mom used what she had.

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