Missouri's Lebkucker (Lepe) Cookies

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Cooking Method: Bake


1 qt molasses
1 c butter, do not substitute
1 c buttermilk
4 tsp baking soda
2 c brown sugar
1 qt walnut pieces
1 lb mixed candied cherries
1 c candied lemon peel
1 c candied orange peel
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs, beaten
1 qt whole pecans
1 lb raisins
1 pt green candied cherries
1 pt red candied cherries
1 lb chopped dates
1 lb mixed candied fruit
3 1/2 qt all purpose flour

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Bea L. Recipe
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Crystal Coast, NC
Member Since Oct 2010
Bea's notes for this recipe:
MISSOURI: Munch your way across the USA. Donna G, the state of Missouri is now represented. This recipe is from "Capitol Cookies" with recipes from every state & Washington, DC. This recipe was submitted by Footwear Distributing Co, Centertown, Missouri, Wilma Distler, Chairperson. Donna, if you make these, let me know if they make your state proud.

NOTE: I have typed the recipe as fully stated in this cookie cookbook. I have no idea how many cookies this makes but it's got to be a lot. I have not made these cookies myself. I'm sure that JoSele Swopes can answer any questions you have about this recipe since it is a German recipe.
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Heat butter & molasses until real thin. Mix baking soda and buttermilk together. Now mix all ingredients together, EXCEPT for flour. Add flour gradually and mix well. Form into rolls and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight. Slice 1/4" thick & bake on greased cookie sheets at 325 for approximately 15 minutes.
NOTE: Wilma Distler said this recipe had been handed down from mother to daughter as far back as her great-grandmother. As you can see, this authentic German recipe is chock-full of nuts and candied fruit, but is still easy to put together. Don't let the long list of ingredients throw you!

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user Bea L. BeachChic - Nov 14, 2010
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user Bambi Pickard DatKoolBreeze - Feb 18, 2013
Well as I live in Missouri guess I will have to try these :)
Just two things I would like to check, 1) lots of candied cherries they are listed twice once as 1 lb mixed candied cherries, then later as a pt of each red & green. Is this correct?? I love cherries so no problem just checking before I make it lot of candied fruit about 3 pounds total??

2)Also is it supposed to be 3 1/2 cups of flour not 3 1/2 gt flour?
user Bea L. BeachChic - Feb 18, 2013
Bambi, let me get out that cookie recipe book and check. As I stated, I haven't made these myself. I'll get back to you shortly.
user Bea L. BeachChic - Feb 18, 2013
Bambi, I just checked and rechecked the recipe in the book and this is exactly what is listed in the book. As far as the flour, that's 3 1/2 quarts. Unfortunately the book doesn't state the yield. Let me see if I can get up with JoSele Swopes and ask her to take a look at this recipe.
user marcia bergman snots - May 17, 2013
my grandson picked these cookies to bake for his class just wondering if anyone has ever made them. what can you tell me about these cookies....like how many does it make and do i really need to use all the fruit it is asking for? thanks for any help you can give me

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