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Lebkuchen German Spice Cookie

Here is a recipe to make Lebkuchen, German spice cookies that are a fantastic honey cookie that is moist and tastes like gingerbread but better.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: german
Keyword: cookies, german, lebkuchen, spice
Servings: 24
Calories: 114kcal
Author: The Typical Mom


  • 1 c honey
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 3/4 flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • Glaze
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • water


  • Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and mix well
  • Combine wet ingredients in another bowl, mix well, and then slowly add dry ingredients in.  It will be REALLY sticky and thick! 
  • Spoon about a large tbsp. full of batter on to a WELL sprayed cookie sheet. If you want the traditional look you can use a piece of parchment paper and create a long roll of dough, roll it up and put it in the fridge, then cut when dough is harder to make slices. (I don't bother with that) 
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until the outer edges are firmer but the very middle is still a bit undercooked. This will create a really chewy german spice cookie. 
  • If you want a glaze on your lebkuchen, heat on the stovetop sugar, powdered sugar and enough water to make the consistency you want. Thin is okay, it will still create a sweet glaze on top. 
  • Put cookies on parchment paper or a cooling rack with paper underneath and spoon glaze on so it won't stick to plate.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 0.2% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 0.9% | Iron: 0.8%