Elisenlebkuchen / Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies, Lebkuchen

Elisenlebkuchen/Gingerbread Cookies

A popular German Christmas cookie. Try them and you will love them!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Cookie
Cuisine Germay
Servings 40 cookies (depending on size)


  • mixing bowl, mixer, stiring spoon, backing shedd and, baking paper


  • 4 large eggs
  • 250 g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 250 g almond meal
  • 250 g almonds chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 15 g lebkuchengewürz or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, a dash of ground star anis, ginger, cardamom, coriander and nutmeg (15g total)
  • 100 g candied lemon peel
  • 100 9 candied orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp rum (optional)

For the Sugar Glaze:

  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the sugar, and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add the ground and chopped almonds, Lebkuchengewürz, and candied lemon and orange peels and stir until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be wet but if it is too thin to scoop onto the oblaten add some more almond meal.
  • Scoop the mixture onto the Backoblaten, smoothing down the top and leaving just a slight space around the edges. Set them on a lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25-28 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, glaze them with the lemon glaze, and decorate them with almonds while the glaze is still wet. Let the Lebkuchen dry completely until the glaze is hardened.
  • Store them in an airtight container. You can keep them for several weeks (if not eaten before 🙂 )
  • Makes about 35 if using 70mm Backoblaten and about 25 if using 90mm Backoblaten.


I usually don't use obladen - it works well without them, just scoop the lebkuchen dough on the baking sheet in your preferred size.
Keyword Baking, Cookie, gelingt leicht

May you also like German Almond Macaroons and Cinnamon Stars – all of them are gluten free.

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