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Old German-Polish Recipe for Lebkuchen (Christmas Cookies)

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"This is a family recipe that I received from my mother-in-law. They were German-Polish farmers in the early 1900s on the eastern Germany-Poland border. This is a chewy, honey-based Christmas cookie. Melt dark chocolate and apply a thin coat to the cookie (as an extra treat)!"
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1 d 46 m servings 295
Original recipe yields 20 servings (20 cookies)


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  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar and honey. Bring to a boil; let cool, about 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk flour, cinnamon, and cloves together in a bowl.
  3. Mix baking soda and water together in a bowl; stir into butter mixture. Mix in eggs. Add flour-spice mixture; stir until dough is combined. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  5. Roll dough out; cut into cookies and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 295 calories; 5.5 57.8 4.6 31 136 Full nutrition

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