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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Stewart

The Gratefulness Blog.

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

It's hard for me to totally grasp that the end of the year is only 3 weeks away. There has been a lot of crazy, a lot of busy, a lot of changes, and a lot of surprising adventures... My Union went on strike, My husband got promoted, My son started Kindergarten, My sister got married, I flew to San Francisco, Illinois, Texas, Mexico, and Nashville. I saw the Ocean, The Mountains, a National Park, and George Strait. I hugged Shania Twain. I planted the most incredible garden and canned about 8,000 tomatoes, pickles, and Jams. I learned how to use iMovie and a fancy Canon EOS. And I managed to keep two kids, a husband and a chocolate lab alive for one more year.

In this last Play on Project 2023 Blog pairing...I give you a gift of a family recipe that I have been obsessing over since I was a little girl. Every Christmas, My Grammy, made her delicious Lubkuchen Cookies... and they not only were me and my dad's favorite, but they also have become my husbands Holiday Cookie Favorite as well. A German Cookie made with Molasses, Honey, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Raisins. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Just all the things.... I still have not perfected them. Hers were perfect. Every time.

So here it is... This fantastic Holiday Tradition. From my house to yours...

My Grammy's Lebkuchen Cookie Recipe
Lebkuchen Cookies

Lebkuchen Cookies

By : Janet S

1/2 Cup Honey

1/2 Cup Molasses

3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 Tsp Lemon Rind

2 3/4 Cup Flour (Sifted)

1/2 Tsp Soda

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Cloves

1 Tsp Allspice

1 Tsp Nutmeg

1/3 Cup Rasins

1/2 Cup Nuts (I use Pecans or Walnuts)

  • Mix Honey and Molasses over medium Heat and bring to a boil. Stir in 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Egg and Lemon Rind. Turn off heat and stir until combined

  • Blend Dry Ingredients with Molasses Mixer

  • Mix in Raisins and Nuts

  • Chill over night or until easy to work with

  • Roll Small amounts 25in long to create rectangle pieces - Cut into Oblongs or Small Rectangles

Bake at 400 Degrees for 10-12 Minutes


1/2 Cup Water

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Confectionary Sugar

  • Stir Glaze over low heat until all ingredients are mixed and melted. Spread on Warm Cookies with a Brush.

It goes without saying that this family has a theme song... The last two years, my children have favored a country classic and they both know all the words to it. John Deere Green. A Joe Diffie song from 1993... even his hair in the album cover will tell you EVERYTHING about this song. It's all the things "Texas" that we took with us to Washington. As I close out this year's Play On Project, I will not hesitate to pair my Grammy's Lebkuchen Cookie Recipe with the Song, John Deere Green. A year round must... even during the Holidays. CHEERS!

I am so incredible blessed. In a way I never thought possible. And this year has taught me so much about patience. It has taught me about adventure. And it has taught me that even admits the uncertainty in life, it is all such a gift. Life is a wonderful gift. And my family and friends are the best part of that gift. OOOOOF!!! Welling Up HERE! My family has provided me the most incredible place of support, joy and most of all love on this Earth. And my forever long-lasting friendships that continue to document more memories with me, is just priceless. I love all of you!!! And I so grateful to have this fun blog to write all the incredible moments down! Happy Holidays readers! And A Blessed 2024!

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