German Gingerbread Cookies ~ Lebkuchen

These German gingerbread cookies, or Lebkuchen, are such a traditional cookie to have for Christmas. They're so very easy to make, that there's no reason to buy them.

You don't need to buy the Lebkuchen spice mix, since we'll make our own here.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Bake Time

20 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes


Makes about 30 cookies


  • 1 cup minus 2 tbsp butter (7 oz)
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 2¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ package Lebkuchen spice or make your own by mixing ½ tbsp cinnamon, ½ tsp cloves,  ⅛ tsp each of mace, coriander, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • nuts to decorate (walnuts or halved almonds)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  2. Put butter, molasses, and corn syrup into a small pot and heat just until butter has melted.
  3. Into a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt. 
  4. Stir butter mixture into dry ingredients, mixing well.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, stirring until well mixed.
  6. Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheets, leaving space between the cookies since they will spread slightly. Press lightly with your fingers form each into a disc.
  7. Bake 15 - 20 minutes. Remove to wire rack and let cool.
  8. To make the icings, into a small bowl, melt chocolate and coconut oil (about 2 minutes in a microwave), stirring until smooth. Into another bowl, mix powdered sugar with about 3 tbsp water and stir until smooth.
  9. Dip half the cookies into the chocolate and half into the white icing. Top with nuts to decorate.

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