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How to Make German Lebkuchen

German Lebkuchen | Gingerbread

Not too sweet but full of holiday flavors, you can make these delicious German Lebkuchen very quickly in a baking dish.
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword German Gingerbread, Lebkuchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Calories 70kcal
Author Our Gabled Home
Cost $9


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 TBSP cacao powder
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 TBSP Lebkuchen spices see notes below
  • 1 tsp, rounded baking powder
  • extra milk for brushing


  • Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and milk. Add the cacao powder, honey, melted butter, a pinch of salt (if using), Lebkuchen spice mixture, and baking powder. Mix well. If you like your Lebkuchen sweeter, you can add up to ½ cup of sugar to it.
  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper or grease and lightly flour.
  • Transfer the dough to the baking dish. Using a silicone spatula, spread evenly.
  • Bake the Lebkuchen for about 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  • While still warm, brush the top of the Lebkuchen with some milk. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut in squares. Optional: dust with powdered sugar or your favorite toppings.


You can make your own Lebkuchen spice by combining 1 tsp anise, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp coriander, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ tsp cloves ,¼ tsp nutmeg ,1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp pepper