Petit fours. Mini Pastry. Tiny Cake. Call these cubes of yummy goodness whatever you like....we call them Dominosteine
Only about a 1" cube, Dominosteine (or just Dominos) pack together some delicious layers and are coated with dark German chocolate. The layers include a soft spicy gingerbread (or Lebkuchen) and a layer of apricot jam or jelly and may also include a layer of Marzipan.
That's a lot of yumminess in one small cube! Each mouthful is a delightful combination of almonds, fruit, spicy gingerbread and chocolate. Taste and texture work together for good!
Gingerbread World offers two brands of Dominosteine:
are slightly larger with the jam sandwiched between two layers of gingerbread. Schmidt offers Dominoes that do not contain a Marzipan layer
and Dominos that do contain a Marzipan layer
. Both have a nice thick coating of dark chocolate.
The Lambertz Dominos
are smaller and include one layer of gingerbread, a layer of jam and a layer of Marzipan cream. I have to admit these are a personal favorite. In fact I find them a little dangerous because once I open a package I find it hard to stop!
Supposedly these yummy little cakes were invented in 1936 by a chocolatier in Dresden. Dominosteine literally means Domino Stones. Unlike some German Christmas pastries like Lebkuchen
these little darlings don't seem to carry too much historical baggage!
Some Martha Stewart types might like to dress these babies up a bit when serving to guests (I'm quite thrilled if they ever get onto a plate at a party and that I haven't consumed them all myself before my guests even arrive!!). Here are some ideas from Pinterest.