Lebkuchen recipe

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makes: 20 - 25
Skill: easy
Prep: 50 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 114 kCal 6%
Fat 0.4g 1%
  -  Saturates 0.1g 1%
Carbohydrates 25.6g 6%
  -  of which Sugars 14.3g 16%
Protein 2g 4%
Salt 0.02g 0%
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  • This Lebkuchen recipe makes classic German Lebkuchen Christmas biscuits. With cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, they taste delicious served with a warm cuppa.

    Traditionally baked throughout the festive season, they’re somewhat similar to your average gingerbread, but packed full of other spices, 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 they 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


    • Pre-heat oven to 175°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Place the biscuits on a cooling rack for at least 20 mins then they’re ready to eat.

    Top tip for making Lebkuchen

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

    What does lebkuchen taste like?

    The German biscuit lebkuchen is very much like our gingerbread. Due to the cinammon and other spices ther are generally quite sweet, nutty and have a spicy aroma. Like gingerbread, lebkuchen is a nice, soft biscuit, and if you add chopped nuts can also have a delicious crunch.

    Adding a finishing touch to your lebkuchen biscuits

    These biscuits are so delicious they don't really need to be decorated, but if you wanted to gift them as a present or just elevate their look for your own enjoyment it's super easy! As they can have a nice flat surface, you could use royal icing to decorate your biscuits. You can do as intricate or as simple a design you like, just make sure you get the right consistency of icing so it doesn't run all over the place. You can follow our easy guide on how to make royal icing to help you.

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