This traditional German Christmas cookie is one of our favorite holiday treats and are much sought after by many of my friends. Though very good when fresh, these spice cookies are even better if allowed to age a week or two. Traditionally, lebkuchen (pronounced layb'koo'khen) are baked atop oblaten, German baking wafers, to keep them from sticking to the sheet pan. However, you can also use edible rice paper. Likewise, you can forgo the wafers/paper all together and simply line your sheet pans with parchment paper. This recipe comes courtesy of Gourmet Magazine, Dec 2002.