Friday, December 16, 2011

Apricot Lebkuchen Brownies

I had a couple of free hours to finally put together some goodies for holiday guests expected next week!

Apricot Lebkuchen Brownies + Fruit, Nut, Chocolate Bites

Apricot Lebkuchen Brownies

I do love a chocolate nut option on a dessert plate.  This one is moist, and tastes of German spice cookies too!

(an adaptation of these)

  • 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 3 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 unit large eggs
  • 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp lebkuchen spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan, knocking out excess flour.
  2. In a small bowl stir jam until smooth and set aside. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth and remove pan from heat. Scrape mixture into a large bowl and cool 10 minutes. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon until mixture is glossy and smooth. In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, spice, ground nuts and salt and add to chocolate mixture, beating just until batter is combined well.
  3. Spread half of batter evenly in pan. Drop jam by spoonfuls onto batter and spread carefully to form an even layer. Drop remaining chocolate batter by spoonfuls onto apricot jam and spread carefully to form an even top layer. Bake on center rack of oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack before using a small, round cookie cutter to cut shapes.
  4. Pour a simple sugar glaze overtop and decorate with diced dried apricots. (I used the find of the century instead: chocolate covered apricots from Tickleberry's !)

The Fruit, Nut and Chocolate Bites don't even need a recipe.  Pinch together a dried apricot with a raw almond, dip one half into melted chocolate and lay on a sheet of waxed paper.  Let cool in the fridge for one hour then store refrigerated in tupperware for up to one week.

I quickly made some gift-wrap cones to hold a few Fruit, Nut and Chocolate Bites for guests who (un)expectedly stop by  (tip:  put the bites into a small ziplock bag before putting into the cones).

This is the extent of my Christmas 'baking' and I'm happy with the yield!  I chose to consider my family's sanity and not over-estimate my capabilities and time-contraints...


  1. Timely - my daughter & I have been looking for a new brownie recipe to try and this is going to be it. Looking forward to baking and relaxing during the upcoming Christmas break. The shop has been quite busy so haven't had much time to myself. Thankful for an understanding DH and family.

    Got a chance to visit beautiful BC a few years back. REALLY loved it!

    Holiday wishes from a fellow EBTeam member,

  2. Yum! Those look awesome. I am half Swiss myself. My dad's parents were both born in America to Swiss immigrants.

  3. thanks for stopping by my blog! i can see why you quit your day job...adorable little ones.

  4. Those look tasty!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank You for sharing! I will try to bake brownies when I hold my holiday-vacation! Best wishes from Denmark, Eeli


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