Another German Christmas Cookie recipe from my mother-in-law. They are also know as Nürnberger Lebkuchen. For me they are the taste of Christmas. My mother-in-law who is from Rotenburg, Germany makes these every Christmas and I so look forward to them. She shared this recipe with me.
1Grind unblanched almonds and hazelnuts. Cut citron and peels VERY fine. I buy my nuts already ground. If you do grind your nuts you should add some of the flour from the recipe to the nuts so it does not turn to a butter while grinding.
2In a large mixing bowl stir together fruit and nut mixture, flour and spices. Set aside
3In a small mixing bowl beat two egg whites until foamy; gradually beat in sugar just till soft peaks form (tips curl over). Fold into nut mixture; stir in apricot preserves.
4Spoon batter by rounded spoonfull onto baking wafers and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Smooth tops with moistened finger.
5Let stand at room temperature, uncovered for 2 hours to dry. Bake at 350 for 20 to 22 minutes.
6Allow to cool and ice with chocolate or powdered sugar glaze.
7NOTE: Bach Oblaten Rounds can be purchased at a German deli if you have access to one. Otherwise, I have purchased these on-line through Amazon and E-Bay. I'm sure there are other on-line grocers that sell them too. I should also note that they are edible for those that are not familiar with them. Also, the do come in different sizes. The smaller the round the more cookies it yields.
8NOTE: Photos are from Google Images. I will post my own when I make them this Christmas.