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Lebkuchen recipe
Lebkuchen recipe
  • Makes: 20-25

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Lebkuchen are spiced German biscuits traditionally baked at Christmas. They’re somewhat similar to your average gingerbread, but packed full of other spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, so are perfect for any festive feast. While they’re often made as stars, they can be cut into any shape, iced or even dipped in chocolate, but still taste great on their own. A perfect accompaniment to warm glass of mulled wine!


  • 200g honey/golden syrup
  • 150g black treacle
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • Small pinch of ground clove

These will brown really quickly in the oven so keep a close eye on after 10 mins!


  1. Pre-heat oven to 175°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Melt the honey, treacle and sugar together in a saucepan over a low heat. Bring to the boil then turn off the heat and beat in the egg and orange zest once cooled slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and spices and mix well to distribute ingredients evenly. Make a well in the middle then pour in the wet ingredients and fold to combine.
  4. When the mixture starts to form a dough, tip on to a floured work surface and kneed lightly until smooth. Then wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for 15 mins to cool down.
  5. Roll out on a floured work surface to around 5mm thick then use cutters to shape. Bake on lined baking trays in the middle of the oven for 10-15 mins or until they start to brown.
  6. Place the biscuits on a cooling rack for at least 20 mins then they’re ready to eat.

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