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What is in Lebkuchen Spices? How to Make Lebkuchengewuerz.

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Nuernberger Lebkuchen - Gingerbread Spices

Nuernberger Lebkuchen - Gingerbread Spices


"Lebkuchengewuerz" is called for in many German recipes. Similar to the mixtures we have in the US, like apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice, Lebkuchen Spice Mix is a combination of baking spices that are very familiar. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice, but also coriander and cardamom, which are not common in American spice mixes, make the honey and nut treats found in Germany at Christmastime so unforgettable. If you do not have access to packets of "Lebkuchen Spice", you can make it at home, with this recipe.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 1/2 Tablespoons


  • 2 T. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground anise seed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground star anise


If you have whole spices (which have a longer shelf life), place the spices in a cleaned out knife coffee grinder (one that looks like a food processor inside, not a burr grinder) and grind until fine.

Sift the ground spices through a fine sieve to remove large pieces and add to other ground spices.

When your spices are ground, mix them together thoroughly and place in an airtight container to store.

Use 1 to 2 tablespoons per recipe.

Also, see here for more information about how to buy Lebkuchen Spice and possible substitutions.

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Great recipe!, Member KitchenFairy61

For years I've pruchased the packets of Alba Neunerlei spice mix. This year I found this recipe and decided to make my own. Being a from stratch cook, making my own spice mix just seemed natural. You really do need to have the knife blade style coffee grinder as it works great. Also make sure that you have a really fine sieve to get any chunks out. Once I ground the whole spices, I mixed in the already ground spices and ran the whole batch through the grinder again to fully incorporate all of the spices. It is worth it to buy an extra coffee grinder to grind your own spices. Trust me!

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