These German spice biscuits called pfefferkuchen taste a little bit like gingerbread. I always ice them with a lemon glaze.
I was looking for an authentic German cookie recipe so I could send my Aunt some cookies that would remind her of her (German) mother. I don't know whether they are authentic or not, but I was very happy with how the cookies turned out. The smell while they were baking was strong enough that I wondered if the spiciness would be overwhelming, but they tasted sublime. I made a couple of significant modifications: - halved the recipe, with no problem - substituted whole wheat flour for half of the all purpose flour - added two eggs plus enough additional flour to make up for the liquid in the eggs. I wanted the cookies to rise a bit and the eggs did the trick nicely. - 12 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This is an easy recipe to make traditional German Pfefferkuchen, or Lebkuchen. I ended up pouring the dough into cooking pans instead of rolling it out, and only realized later that when you wait a little the dough gets harder and rollable. I also frosted mine with a sugar glaze and brought them to work - they were a HUGH success! - 07 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
These are delicious! I used a lemon glaze and they tasted like the ones we would buy in Germany. I will definitely make these again! - 01 Sep 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)