Advent Gingerbread Cookies

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Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
1 hr 30 min.
Preparation
ready in 1 hr 50 min.
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Ingredients

for
4
For the dough
150 grams Candied lemon
100 grams candied orange
500 grams Pastry flour
8 eggs
400 grams sugar
2 tablespoons Vanilla sugar
400 grams ground almonds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 generous pinch cloves
1 pinch allspice
1 generous pinch Cardamom
1 teaspoon grated Lemon peel
2 teaspoons Baking powder
For the decoration
300 grams powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
red Food coloring
various Sweets (such as: gummi bears, colorful chocolate drops, sugar stars and pearls)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Preparation steps

1.

For the dough: Combine lemon peel, orange peel and flour and mince. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar until foamy. 

2.

Combine almonds, orange peel, lemon peel and spices. Combine remaining flour with baking powder and fold into butter mixture. Knead into a smooth dough. 

3.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (approximately 400°F).

4.

Divide dough in half and roll out each half to finger-thick. Press onto 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

5.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the 1 sheet of cooled cookie, as desired. 

6.

For the decoration: Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice. Divide in half and color each portion as desired. 

7.

Pour colored icing into piping bags and decorate cookies as desired. 

8.

From the second sheet of cookie, cut out 24 doors. Decorate doors  as desired. 

9.

Let cookies set, then serve.