Basler Leckerli (Swiss Spiced Hard Bars)

Recipe by Artandkitchen
READY IN: 1hr 20mins




  • Melt honey very slowly in a pan, add almonds, sugar and swirl until the sugar is melted too.
  • Let cool slightly.
  • Add all other ingredients until the Kirsch and mix well.
  • Add the flour and eventually the baking soda and work to a compact dough.
  • Roll the dough out on two greased baking sheets approximately 5 mm thick.
  • Store overnight.
  • Preheat the oven at 180°C (heat and timing are basing it on convection oven).
  • Prepare the glaze heating in a pot water and sugar until boiling point. Reduce the heat but let it boil slowly.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes at 180°C (I need 18 minutes).
  • In the meanwhile the glaze should be ready. It takes about 15 to 20 Minutes until it thickens, it’s bound and crystals appear.
  • Remove from the heat but keep on a slightly warm plate.
  • When the dough is baked, remove pans to a rack and immediately cut in rectangles (but don’t separate them completely) brush the tops with glaze.
  • When cooled dived the rectangles and store in airtight containers.
  • Note: you can built a gingerbread house with this dough! I used 3 fold quantities for the gingerbread house of the picture!