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How to Make German Lebkuchen
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5 from 2 votes

German Lebkuchen | Gingerbread

Not too sweet but full of holiday flavors, you can make these delicious German Lebkuchen very quickly in a baking dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German Gingerbread, Lebkuchen
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