German Lebkuchen Recipe
This Lebkuchen recipe is such an easy German Christmas recipe to make. It's made in one bowl, baked, decorated, and then cut. But the results ... the house smells like I'm back in Germany. Memories ... working in the kitchen together with Mutti, making all those delicious Christmas German recipes.
I love Christmas ... and the wonderful memories of time spent together with Mutti and my sisters.
German Lebkuchen Recipe
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 2 cups flour, all-purpose
- 1 tbsp Lebkuchen spice (see below how to make your own)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup mixed candied fruits and peels, finely chopped
- 1 egg white
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- diced mixed candied fruits and peels for decorating
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Grease a 15 X 10 X 1-inch baking sheet.
- In large mixer bowl, beat egg and oil. Add brown sugar and beat well.
- Add honey and molasses. Mix well.
- Mix together flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda. Add to egg mixture and beat till well mixed.
- Stir in almonds and candied fruit and peel. Dough will be very thick.
- Spread in baking pan. Use back of spoon to spread, dipping spoon in water so that dough doesn't stick to spoon.
- Bake for 15 - 23 minutes or until done.
- With a sharp knife, score into bars immediately upon removing from oven by just cutting through the top crust.
- With mixer, in small bowl, beat egg white, powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
- Spread icing over warm bars. Decorate with candied fruit. Cool completely.
- Cut through completely at the score marks to cut into individual bars.
- Makes about 32.
Can't find Lebkuchen Spice?
For the traditional Lebkuchen spice, you'll need to go to a German deli or order it online.
If not, can use "pumpkin pie" or "gingerbread" spice.
There are slight differences, but they are similar enough and the final result will still be delicious.
OR ... Make your own Lebkuchen Spice!
If you don't have access to Lebkuchen spice, you can make your own by mixing together the following ground spices and adding this to the recipe.
Lebkuchen Spice Mixture
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp each mace, coriander, cardamon, and ginger
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
This quantity is equal to one package of Lebkuchen Spice Mixture.
Now, it's time to pass on these traditions to the grandkids. This easy bar recipe is fun to make together. It's filled with spices, candied fruit, and nuts. Just to make it better, more are added on top for decoration.
And that's where the fun comes in.
The granddaughters use scissors to cut the candied fruit. Using that and nuts, they get creative making the tops look so pretty.
The taste? Similar to gingerbread, only better, I think!
It's one of those bar cookie recipes that are a must in my German recipes file.
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