Almond and Candied Citrus Spice Cookies

Almond and Candied Citrus Spice Cookies

These cookies are very similar to a cookie called elisenlebkuchen. Elisenlebkuchen is a lebkuchen variety from Nürnberg (Nuremberg).  In the middle ages Nürnberg was an important town for the spice trade. Therefore it has a long lebkuchen tradition.  Traditionally elisenlebkuchen are made without flour. Eggs or egg whites are used to bind the nuts, which are the main ingredient in these soft cookies. Another important ingredient is candied citrus peel. Both succade and candied orange peel are used. To prevent the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet they are baked on  thin wafer papers.

Candied Citrus Peel

If you can’t find candied citrus peel, you can make your own. There’s a great recipe on the blog Bread without Butter.

For this recipe, the wafer paper is not really necessary. If you bake your cookies on parchment paper, you should be fine.

These cookies are a very special treat. They are almost flourless (I added two tablespoons for binding) and therefore a bit chewy. Like traditional elisenlebkuchen they are made without added fat.  They are spiced with cinnamon and a homemade lebkuchen spice mix. The spices are not as overwhelming as they can sometimes be in lebkuchen (that’s just my opinion) and the candied citrus peel gives these a fresh twist.

Lebkuchen spice mix

20 allspice berries
10 cloves
4 cardamom pods
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground anise
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Finely grind allspice, cloves, and cardamom in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle). Combine with remaining ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container

Almond and Candied Citrus Spice Cookies

adapted from this recipe

Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).

150 g blanched almonds
50 g (5 tablespoons)chopped  succade
50 g (5 tablespoons) chopped candied orange peel
1 teaspoon lebkuchen spice mix (see recipe above)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon flax
3 tablespoons hot water
75 g browen sugar (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon chickpea flour
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

In a food processor finely grind almonds, succade, and orange peel. Mix with lebkuchen spice mix, cinnamon, and lemon zest.

In a small bowl, combine flax and hot water. Let sit for five minutes and stir in sugar and chickpea flour. Add ground almond mixture, flour, and baking powder. Mix with your hands until the dough comes together. Form the dough into 15 balls. Place them on the wafer paper or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookies a bit and bake for 8-10 minutes. Their tops should be golden brown but the centre should still be soft.

Plain cookies

You can enjoy them plain, but they are also great with lemon  glaze or dipped in chocolate.

21 thoughts on “Almond and Candied Citrus Spice Cookies

  1. I love candied citrus peel and all the spices used in these cookies sound wonderful. They are adorable – I love the simple little wave of icing you used. Plus, they sound relatively healthy, a perfect way to balance out other holiday treats!

  2. Definitely a holiday-worthy recipe–they are so beautiful! I’ve never been a huge fan of candied citrus, but you know, in your cookies–I’m sure I’d love it. :)

  3. These look really good. Beautifully photographed too.
    I wanted to stop by and say hi to a fellow MoFo’er. I’m going to be sad to se the month come to an end. I’m so glad I discovered you.
    Best wishes.

  4. What perfect cookies, especially for the holiday season!

    And we don’t decorate either, partially due to it just being Chris and I but mostly due to the cats – they would make it their mission to chew and tear everything!

  5. These look like the perfect Christmas cookies – so pretty! For some strange reason, I have always liked dried succade… so these sound great. ;)

  6. I really like almond cookies, but putting in candied citrus sounds really interesting. They do sound good plain, but the glaze looks so pretty drizzled across them. For a treat, I’m all for the glaze!

  7. Oh Mihl, These look great- I’ll definitely put them on my list of to do’s. And, your photos look lovely, especially like the last one..with the cookies on the rack and the apple-or quince in the background…very nice :-)

  8. Mihl, the cookies look lovely! The spice and citrus combination sounds really wonderful. Also, thanks for the link-back. :) I’m glad you like the recipe.

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