In Germany, as in many European countries, children celebrate St. Nicholas Day, December 6, by putting their shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill. Bakeries and home kitchens churn out all sorts of sweets such as these honey cookies. Lebkuchen are traditionally rolled-out cookies, but we've simplified the shaping.
When it comes to fruitcake, the world is firmly divided into those who love it and those who would just as soon use it as a doorstop. Candies citron, a quintessential ingredient in fruitcake and hot cross buns, incites reaction in both camps and is made from the peel of a fruit that resembles a quince. (Candied cherries can be substituted for the candied citron.)
Vary the icing by using orange or lemon extract in place of the almond.
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