A plate of shaped biscuits with white icing on top, set on a wire rack


  • makes 20
  • Easy

Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit


Try our lebkuchen biscuits then check out our spiced Christmas biscuitsmulled wine, stollen and Christmas market recipes to recreate at home.



  • runny honey 200ml
  • butter 85g
  • plain flour 225g, plus extra for dusting
  • ground almonds 75g
  • ground ginger 2 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • mixed spice a pinch
  • bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
  • icing sugar 125g


  • Step 1

    Warm the honey and butter together in a small pan until combined.

  • Step 2

    Put the remaining ingredients, except the icing sugar, in a bowl, and pour over the melted butter. Combine until a sticky dough forms, wrap in baking paper then chill for 1 hour.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured worksurface to 1cm thick, then cut into 5cm biscuits using heart, star or round cookie cutters. Transfer to baking-paper-lined trays with a little space around each one, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and risen slightly. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Step 4

    Mix the icing sugar with 5 tsp of water to make a smooth icing, and spoon over the top of each biscuit. Leave to set for 1 hour. They will keep in an airtight container for up to four days, or wrap in recyclable gift bags to give as presents.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 152
  • Fat 5.8g
  • Saturates 2.4g
  • Carbs 22.6g
  • Sugars 13.8g
  • Fibre 0.6g
  • Protein 2.2g
  • Salt 0.2g