Leckerle Cookie Recipe

The leckerle cookie recipe comes from Switzerland, where honey is often used as a sweetener. These cookies have a great robust citrus flavor!


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup candied orange peel, finely chopped
1/4 cup candied lemon peel, finely chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons kirsch or brandy (optional)
1 beaten egg

Citrus Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons water

Large bowl
Small bowl
Cookie sheets
Rolling pin

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Lightly grease cookie sheets; set aside.
Step 3: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, almonds, candied orange and lemon peel, baking powder cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Step 4: Make a well in center of the flour mixture.
Step 5: Add honey, kirsch, and beaten egg. Stir and knead dough, forming it into a ball. Divide dough in half.
Step 6: Lightly flour a working surface and rolling pin. Roll half of dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough into 2×1-inch strips. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat process with second half of dough.
Step 7: Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately transfer cookies to cooling surface.

Citrus Glaze:
Step 1: In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and enough water to make into desired consistency.
Step 2: Spread citrus glaze over the top of each cookie. let set.

The leckerle cookie recipe makes 60 cookies.