Simple German lebkuchen

    45 min

    German lebkuchen come in many different variations, this is a simple recipe for unglazed biscuits. The process isn't difficult but it requires time, as the mix needs to sit overnight before baking. The biscuits are perfect for dunking but if you prefer them softer, put half an apple in the container for several days (and old trick to soften them).

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    Serves: 96 

    • 235ml honey
    • 60ml treacle
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
    • 2 tablespoons chopped candied orange peel
    • 2 tablespoons chopped candied citron
    • 100g chopped blanched almonds
    • 145g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons hot water
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 560g plain flour

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. In a large bowl, stir together the honey, treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until well blended. Mix in the candied orange peel, citron, almonds, dark brown soft sugar, orange and lemon zests. Stir the bicarb into the hot water, then beat into the mixture along with the egg. Gradually mix in the flour. The dough should be very stiff, you may need to knead it on the counter to get it thoroughly blended. Cover and chill overnight so the flavours can ripen.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1.5cm thickness. Cut into bars about 5cm long and 2cm wide. Place biscuits 2.5cm apart onto ungreased baking trays.
    3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottoms are only starting to brown. Remove biscuits to cool on wire racks. Ice them with a thin confectioners glaze while they are still warm, if you like. When cool, store in a tightly closed container. If you'd like soft biscuits, put half an apple in the container for several days.

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    I loved this recipe. The last time I made Lebkuchen it was with my German mother. She passed away years ago and I couldn't find her recipe. I searched for one that sounded the same and this was it. When I made it, it was exactly like hers. Even my kids loved it and thought it was her recipe. Thanks so much!!  -  01 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved making these cookies. My whole kitchen smelled like Christmas. Very good with a strong cup of coffee.  -  27 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Having been stationed in Germany many years ago, I fell in love with lebkuchen. I have tried many recipes over the years and this is one of the better ones. I did not change a thing and am quite happy with the results. Thank you for this recipe and a chance at bringing back some very pleasant memories.  -  17 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)