Nurnberger Lebkuchen German Gingerbread Cookies

German traditional Christmas Treat

Yummy old but true German Christmas treat. Lebkuchen was originally created by the Monk’s in the 1700’s.



Great treat to serve up with hot cider or egg nog. Those who are allergic to almonds sometimes replace them with fruit like raisins or prunes.




Nurnberger Lebkuchen German Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

German Gingerbread Cookie with Almonds.


  • 1 1/4 Cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Runny Honey
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 1 tsp. Grated Orange Peel
  • 1 tbsp. Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. each (Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Mace and Ginger)
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 ounces Ground Almonds
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Candied Peel
  • 3/4 Cup Glace Cherries
  • 6 ounces Whole Blanched Almonds


  1. Over low heat melt honey and sugar together
  2. Cool
  3. Beat in grated peel, orange juice and egg
  4. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices into large bowl
  5. Stir in the honey mixture, ground almonds and orange pee
  6. Keep overnight in refrigerator in greased aluminium foil
  7. Take a fourth of the dough at a time from refrigerator
  8. Roll out to 3/8" thick on well-floured board
  9. Cut into 2 1/2" rounds
  10. Place well apart on baking sheet lined with baking parchment or oiled greaseproof paper
  11. Put half of a cherry in the middle and 4 almonds to make a flower on top. (refer to picture)
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes
  13. Cool on baking sheet
  14. Store in airtight tin for week or two
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