Lebkuchen Honey Gingerbread Cookies

Lebkuchen Honey Gingerbread Cookies

Updated 11/5/21

Lebkuchen Honey Gingerbread Cookies
Lebkuchen Honey Gingerbread Cookies

Lebkuchen are very similar to gingerbread cookies but softer, spicier and much easier to make. They can be just shaped into slightly flattened balls, but it’s great fun to cut festive shapes, ice and decorate them. It will be a hit with kids: festive shapes, sprinkles and dipping their fingers in the icing. Lebkuchen are of German provenance, invented by Franciscan monks in the 13th century. But the origins of those little numbers go even further back, to the ancient times when they were called ‘honey cakes’ and believed to bring good luck and have healing properties.

Preparation Time20 min

Chilling Time1 hr

Cooking Time15 min

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When I was younger I visited Germany as an exchange student. That is where I first tasted lebkuchen. I was very impressed and was very happy to see a recipe for it here. They have such nice traditions there like decorating the tree with cookies they have baked or visiting each neighbor in the street and taking a home made gift with you. I miss those days. I'm going to make this lebkuchen and relive those memories!

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