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Lebkuchen Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

Each year the Inn at Ellis River participates in an Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour. These spicy holiday treats were a recent favorite.
Recipe chef is Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, NH
Recipe courtesy of Inn at Ellis River
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 35 minutes
Yield : Yield: 36 brownies
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  • Brownies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon natural almond extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Frosting:
  • 5 ½ ounces premium white chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

Cream together butter and sugar. Add honey, extract, and rind; beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Sift together cocoa, spices, salt and flour and mix in thoroughly. Add nuts and spread batter into greased 9x13 pan. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. until set. When cool, spread with frosting. Frosting: melt chocolate in double boiler and cool slightly. Beat cream cheese and butter, then add rind, sugar and chocolate. Beat until smooth.