cookies on plate
christmas cookies on plate

Invented by the monks of Franconia, Germany, this 13th century treat has captured the taste buds of many generations since. The German Lebkuchen bears a slight resemblance to ginger bread, and it comes in a variety of flavors, some infused with the artisanal touches of aromatic spices; others are sweet and comforting. Usually, they come in circular form and include ingredients such as honey, spices (aniseed, coriander, cloves, ginger, cardamom and allspice), nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts) and candied dried fruit.

This German confectionary is traditionally made just before Christmas. However, its ability to stay fresh despite storage means that it is more than just a holiday treat.

  • 500 g rye flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Lebkuchen spices (cinnamon, clove powder, ginger powder, cardamom)
  • 1 teaspoon natron
  • 50 g softened butter
  • 250 g honey
  • 2 eggs
  • Water
egg on flour in bowl

Prepare the dough P

Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix them. Proceed by adding the softened butter, working it into the dry ingredients by using your hands. Next make a hole into the mixed ingredients and place the honey and the eggs into it. Knead until a medium-soft dough is achieved. If it is too dry, add some water to ensure that all the ingredients are combined thoroughly and that the dough’s consistency is satisfactory. Once this is achieved, let the dough rest overnight in a cool place.

dough rolled out on baking paper

Avoid the mess A

The following day, cut the dough into two halves and place each one directly on a sheet of thinbake® baking paper and roll it out into a cookie-like thickness. Doing it this way, you avoid any additional mess on your kitchen counter and you do not have to clean up afterwards.

Lebkuchen placed on baking paper

Cut it out C

Cut out pieces using a cookie cutter of choice, brush the cookies with egg before baking in an oven preheated to 180 Celsius/350⁰ Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. The cookies should be browned, yet still bright – ensure that they are not too dark.

Ready baked Lebkuchen on baking paper and baking tray

Enjoy E

Effortlessly remove your cookies from the thinbake® baking paper, a paper designed to provide a baking adventure that is pure pleasure and free from hassle (find out more in this thinbake® video). Enjoy warm, or store in a cookie jar and relive the flavor together with your beloved family in the pre-Christmas days to come.

cookie that looks like a small man

Be creative B

For that extra festive touch, try decorating the cookies with a dash of frosting, nuts, chocolate drops or little ‘dotties’. Spices are also a unique way to add an additional note of warm goodness to the next batch.

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