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Light Lebkuchen

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Ingredients
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 2 Teaspoon
  Eggs 4 , separated
  Granulated sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Ammonium carbonate 1 Teaspoon (1 Scant, 1 Small Cube)
  Grated lemon rind 1 Teaspoon
  Citron 1⁄4 Pound, thinly sliced to make 2/3 cup
  Blanched almonds 1⁄4 Pound, cut fine to make 1 cup
Directions

Beat egg whites until just stiff.
Add yolks and sugar and beat by hand or at low speed with an electric mixer for 10 minutes.
Add crushed ammonium carbonate and lemon rind.
Then add the sifted dry ingredients.
Mix well, add the citron and almonds last.
Roll out on a lightly floured board to a little less than 1/4-inch thick.
Cut into rectangular cookies, or other desired shapes.
Transfer to a lightly floured board, cover with a cloth and let stand overnight.
Next morning lift cookies from the board, brush bottoms with a pastry brush dipped in cold water and place on a greased baking sheet, brushed side up.
Bake in a slow oven (325° F.) until a delicate golden brown—about 15 to 18 minutes.
Cool on cake racks.
Store in an airtight container to "ripen" for at least a month before serving.
Lebkuchen improve with age.
Makes 8 dozen cookies 2 1/4 inches in length.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
German
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Interest: 
Holiday
Ingredient: 
Lemon

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