german christmas biscuits recipe kids
german christmas biscuits recipe kids

Lebkuchen Christmas Biscuits

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December 16, 2012

Lebkuchen are spicy German biscuits that are associated with Christmas and are decorated with icing. They are a bit like gingerbread, but with a deeper, spiced flavour.

They make excellent gifts for teachers and friends. Put them in a pretty, little gift box with some ribbon tied around it, for a special little touch.

This dough is perfect for freezing, so make double and freeze half, wrapped in cling film or baking paper.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • 10 mins

    10 mins

    20 mins

  • Yields: About 15 small biscuits


For the biscuits

1 egg yolk

4 tablespoons of clear honey

55g butter or margarine

55g soft brown sugar

225g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

25g cocoa powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon mixed spice

For the icing

85g icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

food colouring (optional)


Grease a baking tray, set oven to 200℃

Put the honey, butter and sugar in a pan over a low heat, stir until butter has melted

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ginger and mixed spice into a bowl and add the egg yolk

Mix the melted butter, honey and sugar into the flour mixture and mix to form a ball of dough

Place dough on a floured surface and roll out until it is about 0.5cm thick

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, roll out leftover dough and cut out more shapes

Bake the biscuits for 7-8 minutes and leave them to cool on a wire rack

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add lemon juice, stirring well

If you want to use different colour icing, divide the icing sugar and lemon into separate bowls and add the food colouring, so each bowl can be a different colour

When the biscuits are cool, put the icing into an icing bag, squeeze the bag to pipe on the icing.

Kids can do all of this, but they have to be careful with taking it in and out of the oven.



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