It was the sight I looked forward to all year.
I'd hear the dogs barking and rush to the window, in the hopes that maybe I would see her coming.
My Grandma--coming down the pasture lane seperating our properties. With a batch of freshly-made cookies in her hands.
Not just any cookies-- my birthday cookies.
My grandparents were simple German farmers who couldn't afford to give numerous gifts to their grandkids for birthdays.
So each year I expected the same thing--a birthday card, a dollar inside the birthday card, and (the absolute best part) my favorite cookies from Grandma.
You had to get your order in early enough so she knew which kind you wanted. I usually chose the same thing--Lebkuchen, a spicy German honey cookie that melted in my mouth and made me dive for a book and comfy spot as I indulged.
Every year I got Lebkuchen for my birthday. Every year I saw my Grandma coming down the lane.
Then one year, she was diagnosed with cancer, and became too sick.
After she had gone home to be with the Lord, the thought hit me that I wouldn't have birthday cookies anymore--and I wouldn't have Grandma.
But I have my memories. And I have her recipe, which I've included down below.
I've made this cookie numerous times over the years, but it never tasted as good as Grandma's. I guess there are some things that just have to have the right hands to make them--loving Grandma hands.
Share them with others, and make memories yourself.
Life is too fleeting to forget the little things.
Grandma M's Lebkuchen (has to chill for several hours before rolling out)
3/4 brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 dark molasses
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 & 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
Beat egg--add brown sugar and beat till fluffy. Add honey and molasses, mix well. Sift dry ingredients, add gradually to first mixture, mixing well.
Chill several hours or overnight. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Let cool. Brush with Glaze Icing.
Boil 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water till mixture threads. Remove and mix in 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Brush on cookies.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.