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Aachener Printen – An Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe for Christmas

Aachener Printen – An Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe for Christmas
Aachener Printen
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Try your hand at one of Germany's all time favorites when it comes to Christmas cookies: Aaachener Printen, a special kind of lebkuchen.

Lebkuchen are the most popular Christmas cookies in Germany. Unlike many other famous German foods, which actually are only typical for one region or another rather than the whole country, you can find lebkuchen anywhere. However, even with lebkuchen there are big differences in looks and taste depending on which part of Germany they were made in. The most famous German lebkuchen are the Nürnberger Lebkuchen and the Aachener Printen. The recipe for these Aachener Printen goes back to the 15th century and differs from all the other lebkuchen recipes because these cookies are sweetened with maple syrup instead of honey. In the following you can find the authentic German lebkuchen recipe to create your own Aachener Printen.

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 tsp. cacao
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of anise
  • pinch of cardamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of clove
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup candied sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup all&mdashpurpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda

Topping:

  • 3/8 cup peeled almonds
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. candied sugar

Procedure:

Heat the maple syrup, brown sugar and butter while stirring, then let it cool down a bit. Add the zest of your lemon, the cacao, all the spices, the egg, the candied sugar, the all8mdash;purpose flour and the baking sugar to the mix. Stir the mix until the dough is smooth.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll out the dough evenly and cut it into approx. 1.2in to 2in long rectangles. Put these rectangles onto a baking paper.

Cut the almonds in half lengthwise. Mix the egg yolk and the candied sugar with two teaspoons of water and brush the mix onto the dough. Decorate the dough with the almonds. Put the tray into the preheated oven and bake the Aachener Printen for ten minutes, then leave them to cool on a cooling rack.




Kathrin Wagner
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