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Lebkuchen: A delicious German spice cookies popular at Christmas. | ethnicspoon.com
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Lebkuchen Cookie Recipe

Here is a Christmas cookie you must try.  A traditional German spice cookie made famous in  Nuremberg by monks.  Try these for your cookie exchange! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword Christmas cookies, easy baking, German gingerbread, spice cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 servings
Calories 306 kcal




  1. Preheat oven to 350°F

  2. Line 3-4 baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Place eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
  4. Beat with a whisk until thick and foamy.
  5. Remove bowl from pan and continue to beat for an additional two minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, sift flour, and cocoa powder. Add in the spices, almond flour and orange peel.
  7. Slowly add the egg mixture and mix well until you have a uniform dough. If the dough is a bit loose a little more flour.

  8. Using a cookie scooper, drop small mounds onto the parchment sheets.
  9. Press down lightly on the mounds. 

  10. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
  11. Cool on wire racks.
  12. While the cookies are baking, place chocolate chips on two separate bowls, each over a pan of simmering water. Stir gently until thoroughly melted.
  13. Using tongs, dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, alternating in order to end up with equal amounts of each color. Sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I freeze lebkuchen cookies? You can freeze them in an airtight container with freezer paper between layers of cookies. Be sure they are completely cooled before storing. They will store nicely for up to 6 months. This is a great cookie to make in advance for Christmas.
  • Do I have to refrigerate the cookies? No, you do not. You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.
  • Can I store the cookie dough? No, these need to be baked right away after mixing up the dough.
Nutrition Facts
Lebkuchen Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.