Lebkuchen is a traditional German holiday cookie. It is high in spicy flavor.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray bottom and sides of a 10 x15 inch glass pan with a non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).

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  • In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, heat the honey and 1/3 cup sugar in a microwave for 1 minute. Pour this mixture into a medium mixing bowl.

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to the honey mixture. Stir well.

  • Add and mix in by hand the candied fruit, oil, and spices.

  • Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups more flour. Knead dough to mix (dough will be stiff). Spread into pan. Bake for 20 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  • Cut into squares. May be frosted with sugar glaze or eaten plain. Best if stored for 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

330 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 77.5g 25% DV; fat 1.6g 2% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 97.4mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I have been a student of German for 10 years now. This is the best recipe I have found for Lebkuchen in these ten years. My college professor commented that they taste authintic (he's German) and I also won my boyfriend's heart (or should I say stomach) over with these. My daughter also loved helping me. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2003
The recipe did really well until I added the sesame oil...the sesame overwhelmed the entire mixture. I am wondering if I used the correct type of sesame oil. Read More
(27)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I have been a student of German for 10 years now. This is the best recipe I have found for Lebkuchen in these ten years. My college professor commented that they taste authintic (he's German) and I also won my boyfriend's heart (or should I say stomach) over with these. My daughter also loved helping me. Read More
(44)
Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2003
The recipe did really well until I added the sesame oil...the sesame overwhelmed the entire mixture. I am wondering if I used the correct type of sesame oil. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2006
Very authentic and easy to use. I have been looking for a practical Lebkuchen recipe for years but never found one that properly converted the measurements ingredients and temperatures for English/American use. I used this recipe this year for Christmas with much success. The Lebkuchen produced by this recipe can also be used to make a Lebkuchen house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2008
This is very good I made this Sat. and I didn't have light seseme oil I used toasted seseme it was alittle heavy covering taste of spices its still turned out good but definately use LIGHT oil in this also there is a break in the flour mix with the oil and then add spices best thing to do is mix your spices in with the flour mixture make sure your dry ingredients are all mixed evenly together then add the wet. But its very good.... Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
My boyfriend is from Germany and said this was the best cookie he has had in USA..great easy recipe make sure to use fresh spices for great flavor..I like to do foreign cookies for Christmas to make different gifts.. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2005
An excellent recipe. The dough however turned out a bit dry and crumbly(almost like streusel topping). By adding 1/4 cup of orange juice the mix held together resulting in a fine product. Added sugar glaze to the 24 pieces stored in 2 layers each in 2 tin cans. Kuchen looks "yummy". Can hardly await the sampling in 2 weeks. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2004
This was a very tasty recipe I may have actually used more spices..... I've never made a "quick bread" without eggs so I got nervous and added one..... it came out fine..... The recipe may look odd but it turns out nice. I think the general idea of this cake especially without the egg.... is for a honey spicey cakey brownie..... chewy and dense like a brownie...... very yummy..... I iced mine with a simple sugar (confectioners sugar) icing... although its sweet enought without it. I also ommitted the candied fruit and added rasisins and almonds..... I also think this cake would be nice with nothing (rasins almond etc.) Don't put too much icing (if you use icing) it will be too sweet. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2006
These turned out really good but not as good as what my dad made. Being a little homesick they did hit the spot. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2011
I love this. Most recipes make drop cookies which is a modern update but not what I was looking for. As for commenters who have used sesame oil there are TWO types of sesame oil available. One is roasted and is used in Asian cooking especially Chinese and Korean cuisine. The roasted oil is dark brown in color. The other is a clear cooking oil used widely in South Asia because it doesn't have as distinct a flavor as mustard oil coconut oil and isn't as unhealthy or expensive as ghee. Read More
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