Leckerli is a Swiss gingerbread with a hardened texture and a burst of winter spice flavor. It originated in the Basler area of Switzerland, hence why they are sometimes called Basler Leckerli. Läcker is the Swiss term for “delicious”, a word that describes to this charming dessert perfectly!
- 3/4 cup acacia honey
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest finely grated
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- pinch of nutmeg freshly grated
- pinch of ground ginger
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of white pepper freshly ground
- 2/3 cup candied lemon peel finely diced
- 4 1/2 ounces almonds sliced
- 1/4 cup kirsch or cherry bramdy
- 2 cups all purpose flour + 2 tbsp
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp water
- Place the honey and granulated sugar in a saucepan over low heat and add all the spices. Combine all the ingredients well and cook for 3 minutes or so, stirring every so often, until the sugar and honey have melted and mixed.
- Take the pan off the heat and throw in 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of the almonds, the candied lemon rind and the kirsch (or cherry brandy).
- Now add the flour and baking soda to the mixture and mix to homogenize and form a dough.
- Place down some plastic wrap on a baking sheet and place your dough on top. Flatten it down and place in the fridge to firm up for approximately 2 hours.
- After chilling the dough, remove it onto a clean floured surface and use a rolling pin to stretch it out into a 12-inch square about 3/8 inch thick. Place the dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and prick it all over with a fork. Sprinkle the remaining almonds on top, cover with cling film and place back in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, when you're ready to finish preparing the Leckerli , preheat the oven to 400°F/ 200°C.
- Place the cookie dough in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 15-20 minutes or so until the top turns golden.
- While the leckerli is baking, prepare the glaze by combining the confectioner's sugar with 2 ½ teaspoons of water until the consistency turns creamy. Place the sugar mixture on the stove and cook on low heat until it thickens (it should take around 5 minutes).
- Once the leckerli is done, take it out of the oven and brush it with the glaze immediately. Slide the lackerli onto a wire rack and allow to cool.
- Once cooled, place the square on a cutting board and cut it into 3-inch squares or rectangular bars.
- Enjoy with a cut of warm chocolate milk!