Whole Spelt Pfefferkuchen

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Pfefferkuchen, also known as Lebkuchen, is a German Christmas spice cookie, similar to gingerbread. There are many regional variations ( the most well-known is the Nürnberger Lebkuchen) to this traditional Christmas treat, but are usually flavoured with honey and spices and containing nuts and citron. Those Pfefferkuchen are not only great with coffee, they are also a wonderful accompaniment with cheese from FineFoodSpecialist, blue cheese particularly, and wine.
Pottasche or pearlash is also known as potassium carbonate (K2CO3). It is an alkaline salt which reacts with water or an acid to create carbon dioxide, which gives baked goods lift.

Whole Spelt Pfefferkuchen

adapted from Eat Smarter
  • 10 g Potash
  • 3 tbsp Warm water
  • 30 g Honey
  • 70 ml Chai
  • 100 g Homemade vanilla sugar
  • 25 g Milk sugar
  • 60 g Coconut oil
  • 125 g Almond, chopped
  • 400 g Whole spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Clove powder
  • 1/4 tsp Anise powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Dissolve the potash with warm water in a small bowl. Heat the honey and chai in a small pot. Stir in vanilla sugar, milk sugar, and coconut oil. Stir until the mixture is warm and well blended. Remove it from the heat and set aside until ready for use.
  2. Whisk together the chopped almonds, whole spelt flour, lemon zest, and spices in a mixing bowl. Add in dissolved potash and honey-chai mixture. Using a hand mixer fitted with dough hooks, mix at low speed until you have a firm dough.
  3. Place the dough in a large bowl, dust with a little of flour and cover it with a plastic film. Leave it on the kitchen counter for at least 1 week or up to 6 weeks to allow for the development of aroma and flavours.
  4. Thoroughly knead the dough one more time, and place it between two sheets of plastic films. Roll out the dough to a 5-mm / ¼-inch thickness. Cut into diamond shapes or use your favourite cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Place them on the parchment lined baking trays.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Bake for 8-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the baking trays briefly. Transfer the cookies on the wire racks to cool completely before storing in the air-tighter containers.

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Victoria Bakes 13/12/13 06:41

i'd never heard of this cookie but then again, there's so many christmas cookies! this is one good one for my folder.. i simply love spicy cookies

Koko 13/12/13 07:21

OMG, what a fun word haha!! Pfefferkuchen!! I imagine I would just adore these cookies- I love alll the spices used!

Esther Lau 13/12/13 07:54

Oh...I never try this type of cookies before. They look good and special to me :)

Bel | Ooh, Look... 13/12/13 08:32

I thought potash was used in metallurgy, not Pfefferkuchen! The things you learn here, it's wonderful!

Vicki Bensinger 13/12/13 08:41

Wow Angie the flavors in this cookie/biscuit sound even better than gingerbread. Plus they're thinner and my guess is crispier too. Now that I just finished making huge batches of gingerbread for houses I'd like to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 13/12/13 09:07

A wonderful creation! They must be very flavorful and divine.



Lenia 13/12/13 09:19

They are so cute and festive!

ann low 13/12/13 09:20

I think this cookie must tastes wonderful with all the spices in it and very pretty too!

Ivy 13/12/13 10:28

Wow these cookies look amazing and so much healthier than normal cookies.

Katerina 13/12/13 11:16

I would love some now with my hot chocolate!

http://platanosmangoes.com 13/12/13 11:58

They look good and this post is so festive. I take the time now to wish you and yours the best of the Season!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 13/12/13 12:17

I had no idea Pfefferkuchen was good with cheese. Well, that makes me love it even more as I am more of a savory than sweets girl. I am third generation German-American and I wish I had some of my great-grandmother's German recipes, I bet she had a Pfefferkuchen one in her file.

Belinda 13/12/13 12:48

Delicious - what a great twist on an old tradition!

Rosita Vargas 13/12/13 14:15

Amo estas galletas de fiestas se ven deliciosas y bonitas

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 13/12/13 15:03

Lebkuchen is on my list of cookies to make next week. Yours are beautiful as always and are way more healthy than the ones I'm going to make. These are wonderful cookies Angie! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Anonymous 13/12/13 15:10

Healthy, tasty and pretty - just my type of recip!

Unknown 13/12/13 15:26

German cookies are very tasty, we love them a lot! Your variation is absolutely divine!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 13/12/13 15:30

These look perfect for entertaining during the holidays Angie - love the Santa ;)

Tertúlia da Susy 13/12/13 15:43

Ficaram um mimo!
Bjs, Susana
Nota: Ver os passatempos a decorrer no meu blog:

Alida 13/12/13 16:13

I can never forget Christmas time in Germany. I worked there long time ago. It is really special and the cakes and decorations are amazing. Just like these ones you made! Yummy and healthy recipe!

Yi @ Yi Reservation 13/12/13 16:18

These German cookies look so wodnerful and they are perfect for this holiday season. May I have a few pieces now :) Great post!

Unknown 13/12/13 16:46

I can see you had fun with these Angie! They look wonderful!

Pam 13/12/13 17:09

I've never had this type of cookie before. They look and sound tasty.

Anonymous 13/12/13 19:50

Great tasty special cookies, Angie! I love the look of them too! :)

I want to gobble them up!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 13/12/13 22:40

I love all the warm winter spices in these cookies, Angie! They look incredible!

Beth 13/12/13 22:52

Your photos are adorable. Such a pretty way to display these cookies!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 14/12/13 00:45

I would love a few of these and a wedge of blue cheese for my dinner! That would make me very happy :)

Abbe@This is How I Cook 14/12/13 01:43

What a great Old world cookie! and very festive!

Anonymous 14/12/13 02:07

oh these cookies are so beautiful and delicious...absolutely festive,great food clicks as always,thanks :-)

Gloria Baker 14/12/13 04:17

I love these Angie and I love your pictures, look lovely!!

Balvinder 14/12/13 07:18

This looks like a perfect festive cookie!

Unknown 14/12/13 07:53

Your pfefferkuchen look pretty amazing. I don't mind all that spelt flour you put in there :) ela

Barbara 14/12/13 12:45

I've had these, and loved them. Yours look great, Angie. Love your spices. What on earth is milk sugar?

lena 14/12/13 16:05

i was just telling you that the GF molasses cookies makes a fabulous addition to christmas cookies, this one too! your house must hv smelt good while baking these!

Sokehah cheah 14/12/13 16:18

What a lovely presentation, everything is so X'masy!

Rachel Cotterill 14/12/13 16:37

I love the lebkuchen we can get in the UK from shops like Lidl and Aldi, and have been thinking for a while of trying to make my own - but yours look quite different so I would love to try this recipe, too :)

Jeannie Tay 14/12/13 17:12

Your cookies look delicious and so festive! I didn't know potash are edible! I suppose a bit won't be a problem huh.

Eva Taylor 14/12/13 17:31

They do look lovely and festive Angie.

Angie's Recipes 14/12/13 17:36

@Barbara Another name for milk sugar is lactose, Barbara.

Peggy G. 14/12/13 20:30

What a perfect cookie for Christmas! Looks great, Angie =)

fimere 14/12/13 21:29

ils sont absolument divin et festive
bonne soirée

the Squishy Monster 14/12/13 23:09

The honey and chai make me love this cookie already! Looks fabulous, Angie =)

Magda 14/12/13 23:45

Oh no, another cookies I want to make. I love lebkuchen and I actually have potasche. What do you mean by chai?

Angie's Recipes 15/12/13 04:56

@Magda The fluid drink, not the spice..you can use black tea instead.

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 15/12/13 08:58

I LOVE gingerbread cookies so I know I'll love these. Pinned. :) Have a great week Angie!

My Kitchen Stories 15/12/13 10:34

Oh wow Angie, they just look so very good. I love lebkuchen they are delicious and yours look amazing

Nammi 15/12/13 13:02

I have to learn to pronounce it first :), looks very festive

Amelia 15/12/13 15:14

Hi Angie, send me a dozen of this awesome cookies, please! Love your cute presentation.

Monica 15/12/13 15:31

Great cut-out cookies. They would be perfect at a holiday party.

Anonymous 15/12/13 18:18

Nice cut gingerbread Angie, i hope my mom making this kind of spiced cookies for christmas.....
btw, we used to called this kind of pfefferkuchen as spekuk cookie in Indonesia.......

Gina 15/12/13 18:50

My turn to learn something new! Potash in baking. This looks like a wonderful Christmas cookie. G

Magda 15/12/13 18:53

@Angie Schneider Oh great. My friend loves chai latte, but I've actually never tried to make it. I saw some mixes in store somewhere, but I don't have a clue where. But I do have loads of tea :)
Thank you

Elisabeth 16/12/13 05:41

Angie, I love the sweet and spicy flavor, and the crunchy texture of this amazing little treats. Beautiful Christma theme as well!

Hema 16/12/13 19:46

Delicious cookies, love the yummy flavors in it..

Amy (Savory Moments) 17/12/13 01:10

Angie these cookies look terrific! I love all the spices in them - so yummy.

wok with ray 17/12/13 05:23

I love the look of these cookies and also love how you are presenting them with the cute Santa in the background. Have a good week Angie! :)

Ana Regalado 17/12/13 14:03

Lebkuchen is one on my to-bake list ! Love how you made these with whole spelt !

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 17/12/13 17:57

The chai and coconut oil in these sounds delicious, Angie! I've never tried baking with potash but would love to try these.

Evelyne CulturEatz 17/12/13 20:01

Oh these cookies look wonderful, exotic to me even in their tradition. I would love to try these with blue cheese particularly and wine.

Daniela Grimburg 17/12/13 23:20

Pfefferkuchen is like Christmas on a plate, it's so delicious and festive.
Love the cute presentation!

My Inner Chick 18/12/13 05:15

interesting cookies.
delicious presentation! Xx

tigerfish 18/12/13 07:41

The Christmas mood is here, isn't it?

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 18/12/13 20:20

I love how fun and holiday oriented you made these pictures, pretty!

Joanne 19/12/13 01:12

I don't think I've ever had this type of Christmas cookie! Sounds tasty!

chow and chatter 19/12/13 04:35

these look great love the christmas tree decor too like wee hats, Merry christmas

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 19/12/13 06:04

I love the combination of spices in these little cookies -- I can just imagine how delicious our home would smell with these baking in the oven. Your festive decorations are so fun Angie!

Unknown 19/12/13 13:18

Loaded up with all those yummy spices, the cookies are bound to be delicious!!!!

Asmita 19/12/13 16:19

Gorgeous! I am sure they taste fabulous!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com 19/12/13 18:04

Angie, those look sooooo good! I'd like to have two of them right now with a nice cup of tea!

grace 19/12/13 20:30

i'd greatly prefer these cutouts to the plain ol' sugar cookies you see everywhere during this time of year. great recipe!

Debra Eliotseats 20/12/13 03:48

The lodge we went to on our honeymoon but these cookies out when they did the turn down service. These make me nostalgic. Great recipe.

easyfoodsmith 20/12/13 11:40

Never tried such cookies. It sounds lovely with so many wonderful warm spices. Thanks for sharing.

motherrimmy 20/12/13 15:19

I love gingerbread and spiced cookies, so I'm sure I'd polish off the entire batch.I love all the little shapes.

Cooking Quidnunc 20/12/13 17:24

Very awesome recipe, love all the spices in this.

Karen (Back Road Journal) 22/12/13 20:52

Of all my food memories during our visits to Germany during the Christmas season, it has to be these wonderful little cookies.

CJ - Food Stories 30/12/13 04:25

Never made these before but I've heard of them - Yours look great - Happy New Year!


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