Prep: 30 minutes
Hands On & Bake: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bake: 250 °F (120 °C) about 14 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours plus time for frosting
50 – 80 cookies (depending on the size and thickness)
5 whole cloves or 1⁄8 teaspoon ground
1⁄2 stick of cinnamon or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground
1⁄4 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
1⁄4 teaspoon whole anise seeds
1 anise star
4 cups (560 g) all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1⁄2 tablespoon baking soda
1 1⁄4 cups (150 g) powdered sugar
1⁄3 cup (110 g) honey
1⁄2 stick (1⁄4 cup / 4 Tbsp / 55 g) unsalted butter, melted
1 small egg
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg white (from large egg)
2 cups (240 g) powdered sugar
More egg white or water as needed
» If you cannot find any particular spice listed above, just skip that spice.
» In the Czech Republic it is common to find a packet of pre-made gingerbread spice mix called “Kypřící prášek do perníku.” If you have one, use 1⁄2 tablespoon of it instead of the spices listed above.
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