German Lebkuchen

German Lebkuchen

These gently spiced Reindeer Antler Cookies are a twist on a German classic. Made in the style of Lebkuchen cookies they have the taste and aroma of Christmas with an extra bit of decadent chocolate drizzled on top. Read on for the recipe.

German Christmas Cookies

If you’ve visited German Christmas markets any where in the world you will know that during the month of advent there are a wide range of cookies to choose from. In fact, German Christmas cookies even have a name: “Weihnachtsplätzchen”.

Pfeffernusse, Vanillekipferl and Zimsterne are all staples in German households over the Christmas period. They embrace spice, nuts, preserves and chocolates to make some of the most festive, comforting Christmas themed cookies I’ve ever tasted. I also love how much effort goes into the presentation with star and crescent cookie cutters, essential for certain cookies.

Lebkuchen are a delicious spiced biscuit from Germany find out how to make them at Supper in the Suburbs

Lebkuchen – a German Classic

Having eaten my way through most of the cookies on offer during my last visit to Germany for the Christmas markets, I knew I wanted to recreate them at home. Lebkuchen is similar to the gingerbread biscuit we know and love in England so seemed a good starting point.

Not content with choosing a German cookie to bake, I also bought a couple of cookie cutters from a stall in Frankfurt’s Christmas market: two stars and an antler cookie cutter. I decided they’d look best shaped as reindeer antlers. You can, of course, choose to bake them in any festive shape you want!

This cookie recipe is perfect for intricate cut out shapes as the dough holds its shape very well when chilled then baked.

The Recipe

These delicious cookies are a robust, that stand up to dunking in hot chocolate, tea or coffee. They also look great served on a decorative plate on the coffee table for guests to help themselves to.

Santa could easily pull his sleigh with these adorable reindeer cookies from Supper in the Suburbs the cute cookies are made to a traditional German Lebkuchen recipe click here for the recipe


These spiced Lebkuchn biscuits are a classic German Christmas cookie. Choose your favourite cookie cutter to make this festive treat extra festive.
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine German
Servings 24 cookies


  • A cookie cutter of your choosing!



  • Sieve together the flour, ground almonds and spices into a large bowl and place to one side.
  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, gently heat the honey, treacle and butter until the butter has melted.
  • Pour the butter and sugar mixture into the large bowl of flour and mix well until it begins to come together into a dough.
  • Knead with your hands until you have a relatively firm ball of dough.
  • Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes until it is cool and stiff enough to roll out.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C or gas mark 4.
  • Lightly dust your surface with a little flour and cinnamon.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is roughly 0.5cm thick.
  • Using a cutter, cut into reindeer antler shapes.
  • Transfer the cut out cookies onto a baking sheet lined with grease proof paper leaving a little room for spreading.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes or until they are just golden brown.
  • Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet until they are firm enough to transfer to a wire wrack.
  • To decorate, melt the dark chocolate then pour into a small piping bag.
  • Snip a small hole in the end of the piping bag and drizzle the dark chocolate over the cookies.
  • Repeat with the white chocolate.
  • Allow all of the chocolate to cool and set before serving.
Keyword all spice, bicarbonate of soda, black pepper, butter, cinnamon, dark treacle, ginger, ground almonds, honey, plain flour
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These Reindeer Antler Lebkuchen are a fun take on a German classic Find out how to make them on Supper in the Suburbs

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13 thoughts on “German Lebkuchen”

    • I must admit I was apprehensive at first wondering what they really could add. The main English gingerbread recipe I use omits the almonds but I definitely preferred the texture of these!

  • I love the cutter you’ve used and the lebkuchen recipe sounds fab. A twist of pepper in there sounds intriguing, I’d never thought they would include that but it makes perfect sense!

    • Thanks Lucy! I was intrigued by the pepper too but it’s that extra hint of savoury that you aren’t quite expecting which helps to make it such a well balance cookie!

    • Thanks Jemma – you are too kind! I need another excuse to use this beautiful cookie cutter but perhaps I will have to wait until next year now…

  • Ah, your cookies look stunning Emma. I love the reindeer antlers, what a fab idea. And of course pretty much anything is better drizzled with chocolate 🙂

    • I knew I could count on you to like the chocolate drizzle 😉 it is my favourite way to adorn a cookie! Simple and delicious. Thanks Choclette!

  • Emma, I wanted to thank you again for your lovely cookies. I’ve had a tough few weeks, and they really brought a smile to my face when I opened up your beautifully packaged box of cookies. They were absolutely delicious, and I just loved the antler design and how delicate and beautiful they were with the chocolate drizzle on them. Your photos are beautiful as well. Thanks again, and have a Merry Christmas. 🙂

    • My pleasure Andrea! I am glad they’ve cheered you up. I hope that you are feeling much better now. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

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