How is Gingerbread called in German?


What is it?

German gingerbread squares or bars.

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to learn how to pronounce "Lebkuchen"

German Christmas Glühwein

This recipe features a very special, super-fast and extremely delicious Lebkuchen (German gingerbread) recipe for you. I promise, you will fall in love with this authentic German Lebkuchen recipe!

Did you know that Lebkuchen are dating back to the 14th century? And they have stood the test of time as one of Germany’s most popular and beloved of all Christmas treats!

You can have your own homemade gluehwein and lebkuchen ready in less than 1 hour. And that includes the baking time!

Step-by-Step Video



German Gingerbread Lebkuchen Recipe

Lebkuchen - German Gingerbread Squares

Angela Schofield
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Cakes, Cookies
Cuisine German
Servings 24 squares
Calories 208 kcal


  • 12 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Eier
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. gingerbread spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt or 1 pinch of fine salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts i.e. almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 oz. candied orange or lemon peel or dried fruit i.e. cherries or apricots


  • Melt butter and honey over medium low heat and set aside to cool down.
  • In the meantime, whisk eggs with salt and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Blend all dry ingredients including ground nuts in a large bowl.
  • Add the milk to the egg mixture and blend well.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Pour in honey-butter and mix well.
  • Chop the dried fruit and fold into the dough.
  • Pour the dough on a with parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 - 25 min. in a 350°F pre-heated oven.
  • Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Brush with your favorite sugar glaze or coat with chocolate icing.
  • Cute into bite-sized squares or bars.

Serving Tip: 

Try this Lebkuchen recipe and enjoy it with a mug of our hot orange gluehwein recipe after a busy afternoon of scouting the shops for Christmas gifts.