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Lebkuchen are traditional German Christmas ginger cookies sweetened with honey and studded with almonds and candied fruit. They are finished with a simple lemon glaze. You can coat them with melted chocolate if you prefer.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
8 hrs
8 hrs 30 mins
3 dozen


Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Lemon Glaze:


Instructions Checklist
  • Beat brown sugar, honey, and egg in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; stir in molasses. Combine flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and baking soda in a separate bowl; stir into the molasses mixture to form a sticky dough. Stir in almonds and candied fruit peel. Cover dough and chill overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease or line cookie sheets.

  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut into 2x3-inch rectangles. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

  • While the cookies are baking, make the glaze: Stir egg white, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a small bowl. Mix in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Brush glaze over cookies while they are still warm.

  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and set completely before storing in a single layer in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 26.6g; fat 1.1g; cholesterol 5.2mg; sodium 24.1mg. Full Nutrition