Spiced Lebkuchen with Citrus Glaze

A classic German holiday cookie.


Dough: (make one day ahead)

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Citrus Glaze:

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange juice

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Honey Tips

How Honey is Made

To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.


In a medium sized bowl, mix together first nine ingredients until blended. In a large mixing bowl, blend remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and mix well (dough may be somewhat sticky.) Place dough onto plastic wrap or wax paper. Shape into a flat disk, approximately 1/2 inch thick, and refrigerate overnight.
To make glaze:
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until smooth. Cover and set aside.
To bake cookies:
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 2 large baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray. Split the dough into 2 halves. Roll each half until about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured work surface. Using a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them on the baking sheet about one inch apart. Re-roll remaining dough and continue to cut cookies. Repeat with second half of dough on second baking sheet. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for eight to ten minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the cookies are firm. Transfer to a rack right away and brush the tops of the cookies with the glaze. Let stand for 1 hour, or until glaze sets. Serve cookies or store in an airtight container.
Yields: about 4 dozen.