Auntie Sceb

Paper crafting my way to an apocalypse scrapbook with some knitting sewing and cooking thrown in.

Easter Lebkuchen Chicks

on April 3, 2015


Lebkuchen are traditional German spice biscuits that are traditionally eaten at Christmas.  I find any excuse to eat them!!  These are tasty but are probabaly not authentic (especially eaten at Easer!!) mine are more of a biscuit than true lebkuchen which are more like a biscuit crossed with a cake.  The original recipe is from I have adapted it slightly the main change being swapping the ground almonds for flour, originally this was because my sister became allergic to nuts but it also makes it a cheaper recipe. The other change I made is I added lemon juice to the icing and omitted the raw egg – I just don’t like the idea of eating raw egg.  I have also made the quanties 1 1/2 the original based on how much honey I had!

Lebkuchen Recipe


500g plain flour – I accidently used self raising so omitted the baking powder!!

3 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 large pinches of ground cloves, ground nutmeg, black pepper

430g honey/300 mls (cheap value honey works fine)

130g butter (or margarine)

zest of 2 small lemons


100g icing sugar approx,

juice of 2 small lemons


1 Melt the honey and butter in a pan then pour into a bowl with the other ingredients,  Mix until combined.  Allow to cool so you can handle the dough.

2 Pre heat oven to 180°C/160°C (fan)/gas 4.  Roll dough to biscuit thickness (they will rise a little) then using a cutter of your choice cut out your shapes and put them on a baking tray with baking parchment.  Cook for 7/8 mins until golden. Allow to cool.

3 Mix lemon juice with icing sugar to make a runny icing.  Dip the top of the biscuit into the icing sugar allow to set , sprinkle with a bit of edible glitter if desired.  I find moving them around helps as the biscuits can become a bit soggy if left sitting in the wet icing.

This made 50 chicks.


Lebkuchen Chicks Auntie Sceb


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