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Lebkuchen Cookies

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Swapped at the 2012 SE cookie swap by Clara Schuhmacher. Adapted from Clara Schuhmacher's aunt.

Note: Lebkuchen spice mix generally contains cinnamon, coriander, star anise, fennel, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom, with anise and fennel as the dominant flavors. Recreate or tweak as you wish! Back-oblaten, or baking wafers, are round wafers often used as the base of each lebkuchen. They're traditional, but not necessary. It is critical that the nuts be ground into a flour, as that is their function in this recipe. Too coarse, and the dough will be thin. If this happens, add a bit of all purpose flour in step 3 until the dough is pliable and can be patted into rounds.

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