Bea L. Recipe

Missouri's Lebkucker (Lepe) Cookies

By Bea L. BeachChic


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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.

Ingredients

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

Directions Step-By-Step

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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.
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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!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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13 Comments

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Bea L. BeachChic
Jun 5, 2013
PFEFFERNUESSE Here's the other German cookie I was speaking of.
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Bea L. BeachChic
Jun 5, 2013
Bambi, I was unable to get up with JoSele. She has a lot of German recipes posted but apparently she has left the site. Thank you for the history. That is very interesting. I do have another German cookie recipe posted that I have made and love. It also calls for black pepper, which I love in that cookie.

Thank you sweet Colleen for your input.
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Bambi Pickard DatKoolBreeze
Jun 5, 2013
Oh Bea I found tons of recipe for this but it is spelled different :) I am pretty sure it is the right one. I found hundreds of variation some with honey and almonds, so without the fruit. I even found them with the pepper :) You can make them more like a bar too.
Wikipedia has a lot of info on them
Lebkuchen (or Pfefferkuchen) is a traditional German baked Christmas treat, somewhat resembling gingerbread.
Lebkuchen were invented by medieval monks in Franconia, Germany in the 13th century. Lebkuchen bakers were recorded as early as 1296 in Ulm, and 1395 in Nürnberg (Nuremberg). The latter being the most famous exporter today, of the product that is known as Nürnberger Lebkuchen (Nürnberg Lebkuchen).
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Bambi Pickard DatKoolBreeze
Jun 5, 2013
Colleen have you made these cookies?? they sound interesting, never heard of adding pepper to a cookie. Think I will try it cut down a lot if I can find all the fruit this time of year it is hard to find sometimes.
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Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
May 18, 2013
Oh.... and I like a little more pepper than most people...so I tweek it to my liking.