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Lebkuchen, also called Pfefferkuchen, is German gingerbread.

The German variation can be rectangular or round and has a sweet, slightly nutty taste. Similar recipes date back to ancient Egypt. You can dip these in glaze, chocolate or just leave them plain.

Ready in
1 h 15 m
Calories Per Serving


  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup candied fruit, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk


In a large bowl, sift then whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.

In a food processor pulse the almonds, molasses and candied fruit. Continue mixing and add the brown sugar and eggs.

Add the flour mixture and continue mixing until it becomes a dough.

Make the dough into 2 balls and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly grease.

Make the dough into small balls and place on baking sheets. Make sure they are 2-3 inches apart.

Bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Let cool.

Whle the cookies are cooling, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and milk. Brush over the cookies.