Oma's German Lebkuchen Recipe

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

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. 

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

Easy German Lebkuchen!

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.

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How to make 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 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon each mace, coriander, cardamon, and ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

This quantity is equal to one package of Lebkuchen Spice Mixture. 

Lebkuchen Cookies?

Perhaps you're looking for these "Gingerbread" cookies that are so popular as well. These are also quite easy to make and would complement the Lebkuchen bars below.

Make these easy Gingerbread Cookies!

Oma says:

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.

Ready to make Lebkuchen?

Oma's 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. 

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

23 minutes

Total Time

43 minutes

Servings:

Makes 32 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 tablespoon Lebkuchen spice (see hints below)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup mixed candied fruits and peels, finely chopped
  • 1 egg white
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • diced mixed candied fruits and peels for decorating

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet.
  3. In large mixer bowl, beat egg and oil. Add brown sugar and beat well.
  4. Add honey and molasses. Mix well.
  5. Mix together flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda. Add to egg mixture and beat till well mixed. 
  6. Stir in almonds and candied fruit and peel. Dough will be very thick.
  7. Spread in baking pan. Use back of spoon to spread, dipping spoon in water so that dough doesn't stick to spoon.
  8. Bake for 15 to 23 minutes or until done.
  9. With a sharp knife, score into bars immediately upon removing from oven by just cutting through the top crust.
  10. With mixer, in small bowl, beat egg white, powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  11. Spread icing over warm bars. Decorate with candied fruit. Cool completely.
  12. Cut through completely at the score marks to cut into individual bars.

Notes/Hints:

Lebkuchen Spice Mixture for 1 package:

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon each mace, coriander, cardamon, and ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

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Easy German Lebkuchen!

German Lebkuchen Recipe made Just like Oma



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German Lebkuchen Recipe made Just like Oma


A lebkuchen recipe that's easy? Yes, this is it. Made in one bowl, baked, decorated, and cut. Tastes similar to gingerbread, but, in my opinion, better! And the house smells, oh, so heavenly!


Ingredients: Lebkuchen spice (instructions included), egg, oil, brown sugar, honey, molasses, flour, baking soda, almonds, candied peel, powdered sugar, lemon juice,

For the full recipe, scroll up ...

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