Recipe: Lebkuchen – German-style Christmas biscuits

Riċetta: Lebkuchen – gallettini Ġermaniżi għal żmien il-Milied Recipe Lebkuchen – German-style Christmas biscuits

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These German-style biscuits contain a number of spices and they smell mouth-watering delicious while baking. They are very easy to make and, with a little supervision, the kids can have a go at making them to give as gifts or to hang on the Christmas tree.

Makes: 35 biscuits


  • 50 g butter
  • 60 g brown sugar
  • 60 ml treacle
  • 1 egg
  • 265 g flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg white
  • 230 g icing sugar


  1. Place the butter, sugar and honey in a small saucepan and heat on low. Stir for 2-3 minutes until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Add the egg and mix well until combined with the mixture.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, clove powder and ground nutmeg.
  4. Mix everything together until well combined.
  5. Sprinkle your working surface with flour and tip the mixture onto it. Work the dough until it is smooth, make into a ball and cover in cling film. Place in the fridge for an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  7. Divide the dough into two and roll out one of the portions to a thickness of 5 mm. Use cutters in Christmas shapes - stars, Christmas trees etc. - to cut out the biscuits. 
  8. What is left of the dough, work again and allow it to rest in the fridge for a while before rolling it out and cutting out more biscuits. Do this until all the dough has been used up.
  9. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 5-7 minutes or until golden. Remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to allow to cool further.
  10. Place the egg white in a bowl and beat until it starts to create solid peaks. Sieve the icing sugar over it and combine until smooth. Place the mixture in a piping bag and decorate the biscuits.

Note: If you would like to hang these biscuits on your Christmas tree, make a hole at the top of each biscuit as soon as they are taken out of the oven. When decorated you may pass a ribbon or string through the hole to hang them.

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