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Half of a lebkutchen with other cookies in a tin
Lebkuchen Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chilling Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Lebkuchen Recipe, delicious German Christmas cookies that are very similar taste-wise to gingerbread. Beautifully spiced, with a lovely thin icing on top, these lebkuchen cookies are very popular in Europe during the festive season. The dome-shaped cookies are particularly popular in Romania, our "turta dulce" being our gingerbread variation. Quick and easy to make, a great treat to bake with the kids.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 229 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp mixed spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
For the icing
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  1. To make the cookies, melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly.

  2. Sift the flour, add the bicarb of soda, spices, honey, lemon juice, melted butter and eggs beaten lightly.

  3. Knead gently to get a dough that does not stick to the hands - add more flour if necessary.

  4. Cover the dough with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit).

  6. Make balls out of the dough the size of a walnut, and arrange them on a baking tray lined with non-stick paper - leave enough room between cookies as they double their volume.

  7. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown and firm to touch.

  8. Leave to cool completely.

  9. To make the icing, sift the icing sugar, add the boiling water and mix well to get a lump-free icing.

  10. When the cookies have cooled, drizzle the icing over, and leave to dry completely.

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Nutrition Facts
Lebkuchen Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.