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Lebkuchen II

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"A traditional German Christmas cookie."

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Original recipe makes 14 dozen Change Servings


  1. Bring honey to a boil in a large Dutch oven; remove from heat, and cool slightly. Stir in brown sugar, beaten eggs, lemon rind, and juice.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl; gradually add to honey mixture, stirring well. Stir in citron and chopped pecans, blending well. Cover and chill overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Gently press ball to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of a glass dipped in cool water. Gently press an almond slice in the center of each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove cookie sheets from oven. Brush glaze over cookies and remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. To Make Glaze: Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook over high heat, without stirring, until mixture reaches thread stage (230 degrees F ). Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, mixing well. Place over low heat, if necessary, to maintain basting consistency.
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Oct 08, 2009

I understand different areas of Germany had different recipes and I really looked forward to Christmas as that was when we got Lebkuckens from Gramma. Her recipe did not have citron! instead she used anise, molasses and hazelnut and dough was refrigerator before working. Her Lebkuchens were my favorite cookie and they were made with so much love.

Dec 21, 2008

My Stepdads Mother use to make these for him a long long time ago. He's been baking cookies all weekend and can't stop thinking about these cookies. I think I just made his holiday bright! Thank You so much and Merry Christmas!


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May 26, 2012

This was the best and most traditional Lebkuchen I've made. I did not use the Citron, and I've never seen it used. I served to my European friends and they agreed it was like home. :-) Thanks will use this again.

Apr 26, 2011

A great German tradition.

Dec 23, 2014

There are as many recipes for lebkuchen as there are German grandmothers! In my family Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without lebkuchen. I make Grandma's recipe that she got from her grandmother. She used the candied fruit that's used in baking fruitcake, but no nuts. This is a four-day process with making the dough and chilling it overnight, baking and icing the cookies, and letting them sit for 48 hours in air-tight containers with slices of soft white bread to make them chewy. Then they are shipped to family all over the country.

Feb 13, 2014

As a military family, who lived in Germany, these are traditional. They harden over night, so store them in an airtight container with a slice of apple. This will keep them soft. I made the glaze in a double boiler, this allowed me to keep it warm and not burn it. I didn't get the glaze up to 230 as suggested, but I did get it up to 200. It turned out fine. I substituted candied pineapple for the citron, since that was the only candied fruit available this time of year. It gave the cookies a nice citrus flavor. I may even try candied ginger in the future. My mom also told me, after I made them, that you can substitute orange zest and juice for the lemon. This recipe is a definite keeper.


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  • Calories
  • 154 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 36 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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