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Candied Gingerbread Cookies – Elisen Lebkuchen

There must be a reason, why I am already doing a third German Gingerbread Cookie recipe on my blog, right? Maybe I really, really like Gingerbread? Must be it! 

German Gingerbread Recipe Elisen Lebkuchen

I think the scent and taste of Gingerbread in the house are what gets me into the Christmas spirit the fastest. Already in Oktober, I start searching for German Gingerbread to buy at the stores. Marshal sometimes has some, Aldi always. However, when they arrive here in Texas, they are not as moist as they are supposed to be and the really good brands are hard to get here. So, baking them myself is the best solution and it is very easy. There are two ingredients though, which I must order in time. They need a while to get here and if I am not fast enough, they might be sold out already … I’m obviously not the only one who loves Gingerbread Cookies!

How to bake German Gingerbread Cookies


Oblaten or Backoblaten are some kind of wafer paper and might remind you of a communion. They are basically the same thin thing, just without a blessing I guess. They are the base of your Gingerbread cookie. Though I really recommend having them, if you can’t get them in time you might just leave them out and glaze the bottom of your gingerbread cookies with chocolate later. This would also be a good solution to make them gluten-free since the Backoblaten are made from flour, starch, and water.

You can buy the Backoblaten at Amazon but be aware: They come in different sizes. For this recipe, you want the larger ones. And one package will go a long way! I used 90 mm diameter Oblaten but it seems that Amazon in the US sometimes only has the 70 mm as the largest size … makes more cookies ;-) .
Click on the picture to order them at Amazon.

Is it Gluten-Free?

Except for the Backoblaten, this recipe is gluten-free. So, if you are gluten intolerant, just leave the Backoblaten out and place the batter directly onto a parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Gingerbread Spice

German Gingerbread spice mix is often sold out before Christmas, but don’t worry, you can make it yourself! Here is the recipe for it: German Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipe

Gingerbread Elisenlebkuchen

Best German Gingerbread to buy

The best Gingerbread is made in Nürnberg (Nuremberg) and there is no arguing about it. My grandmother used to send each grandchild a package filled with Nuremberger gingerbread each Winter. It must have cost a fortune but it was very appreciated. They came in beautifully decorated tins and I still have some of them although she had passed away more than 20 years ago. These tins are a beautiful memory!

One of the best gingerbread brands besides the Nuremberger Gingerbread is “Bahlsen” and the product is called “Contessa”, you might get it at the World Market or Amazon. 

The Recipe

Back to the recipe! It is easy to mix the ingredients together. I recommend to grind fresh nuts, they have more moisture and therefore taste better.

The batter has to rest in the fridge for 10 to 12 hours so you either start your gingerbread early in the morning and bake them in the evening or you start the batter in the evening and continue the next morning.

Stir the batter before using it on the Backoblanten. But if after stirring it, the batter has a lot of liquid, don’t use that liquid. If you do, your gingerbread will get flat and spill over the Backoblate on the baking sheet. There is no benefit to using it, just try to leave it in the bowl or remove it. 

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German Gingerbread Recipe Elisen Lebkuchen

Candied Gingerbread Cookies – Elisen Lebkuchen

German Gingerbread like Elisen Lebkuchen
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 25 minutes
Course Afternoon Coffee
Cuisine German
Servings 20 cookies


  • 150 g hazelnuts, whole
  • 150 g almonds, fresh ground
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 90 g candied orange peel
  • 90 g candied lemon (citron) peel
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey
  • 3 tsp. German ginger bread spice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 20 Backoblaten (wafer paper), round 70 mm (leave out for gluten-free diet)

For The Glaze

  • 120 g chocolate dark or milk or a mix of both
  • 80 g powdered sugar (confectioniers sugar)
  • a little lemon juice or water


  • Grind the almonds.
  • Grind the hazelnuts to the same size as the almonds, set both nut sorts aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the 3 eggs, the sugar, and the honey until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the almonds and also the hazelnuts.
  • Add the candied lemon peel and the candied orange peel.
  • Now measure 3 teaspoons of German Gingerbread Spice and add it to the bowl.
  • Last, add the tsp. of lemon zest (fresh is best) and stir it all with a large spoon.
  • Cover and set in the fridge for 10 to 12 hours / over night.
  • Preheat the oven to 320°F.
  • Turn a glass or mug in the size of the Backobleten upside down and place a Backoblate on top. Now put some of the batter on the Backblate and evenly spread it to a hight of about 3/4 of an inch.
  • Bake the Gingerbread Cookies at 320°F for about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on your oven).
  • Let the Gingerbread Cookies cool completely before glazing them.

The Glaze

  • Melt some chocolate.
  • Mix the confectioners sugar with a tiny amount of lemon and water. Mix until an even paste is created – not too runny but also not to dense.
  • Spread either some chocolate or some sugar glaze on each Gingerbread. Make sure to cover each cookie completely so it stays moist.
  • Optional: Put four slices of Almonds in the center of the Elisenlebkuchen.
  • After the glaze has dried, store in an airtight container.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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10 thoughts on “Candied Gingerbread Cookies – Elisen Lebkuchen”

  1. Catholic Churches use the oblaten, large white discs or wafers. Only one of the larger size is used at each service (Mass), but they are ordered in rather large quantities at a time. If someone were making a dozen or two dozen of the Lebkuchen, perhaps a request to a parish priest would be answered with the desired number. I would think that a “Thank you” would be sufficient; if one were to need several dozens of the wafers, perhaps a small amount of money might be offered. In my area, those wafers are baked locally by nuns. Asking the priest for the address could result in a source for the wafers.

  2. Hello,
    I have followed the recipe but when cooked they fall apart when picked up even when fully cooled any ideas on what I am doing wrong, please?

    1. I’ve never had that problem. Did you watch the video to see if you are doing anything different from me? Did you get/use the oblaten? The candied fruits that you are using, are they sticky? If not, maybe put them in some syrup overnight before adding to the recipe.

  3. My mother is from Nürnberg and every year we get Lebkuchen sent to us from our Family in Deutschland. I can’t express what it means to me to open a package on Christmas Eve and find Nürnberger Lebkuchen inside. It has been a fixture in my life for the last 51 years and I can’t imagine Christmas without it.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Barbara –
    I made the “Elisen Lebkuchen”. They were wonderful! Great with Coffee.
    The Recipe was easy to follow and everything worked out beautifully.

    I did not use Backobleten because they are made from Wheat. But the Cookies were very easy to shape.

    The only Problem I had with the Cookies was trying not to eat them all.

  5. Hello in your recipe it ssys to use 3 tablespoons of spice in the micture but in the video it looks like you are using a teaspoon. Can you clarify please?

    1. Barbara, you are right, this must be a typo. 1 package of that spice mix is 3 teaspoons not tablespoons. I‘ll correct it, thanks for asking this question!

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