Courtesy of Chef Stephen Block: www.kitchenproject.com
Stephen wears several hats. He is a chef, cooking school instrutor and also has at least two culinary websites. The Kitchen Project is a good place to start to learn more about Stephen’s work. The following is his commentary about the German holiday cookie, lebkuchen or “love cookies.”
A long time ago I discovered the following recipe for cut out cookies. It is absolutely the best recipe I’ve ever found and it’s the one I use even after the holidays when I want a really flavorful cookie. While it isn’t necessary to use Tahitian vanilla extract, its unique flavor definitely stands out in this recipe. I personally like these cookies unadorned, but I’ve included a recipe for Royal Icing for those of you who would like to decorate the cookies.