Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe

Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe

How To Make Authentic German Lebkuchen

A German lebkuchen is a traditional German honey-sweetened cookie similar to gingerbread. In this recipe, the lebkuchen is drizzled with dark chocolate.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes



  • 25backoblaten,(German baking wafers)
  • 2cupsalmond flour,blanched
  • cupswhite sugar
  • 3eggs
  • ½cuphazelnuts,ground
  • 7tbspcandied lemon and orange peel,finely chopped
  • 2tspcinnamon,ground
  • 1tspvanilla sugar
  • 1pinchcloves,ground
  • 2cupsdark chocolate,chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the backoblaten on top, leaving a 1-inch space between them.

  3. Combine the almond flour, sugar, eggs, ground hazelnuts, candied lemon and orange peel, ground cinnamon, vanilla sugar, and ground cloves, and mix into a firm dough.

  4. Shape the mixture into balls.

  5. Arrange the balls on the prepared wafers. Press gently to flatten into ½-inch high rounds.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until light brown in color.

  7. Cool completely for about 30 minutes.

  8. Place the chocolate on top of a double boiler over simmering water.

  9. Stir frequently for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until chocolate is melted.

  10. Cover the top of each lebkuchen with chocolate.


  • Calories: 206.43kcal
  • Fat: 12.83g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.16g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.28g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.50g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.98g
  • Fiber: 3.17g
  • Sugar: 14.18g
  • Protein: 4.26g
  • Cholesterol: 19.63mg
  • Sodium: 10.66mg
  • Calcium: 28.76mg
  • Potassium: 204.68mg
  • Iron: 2.11mg
  • Vitamin A: 9.00µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.43mg
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