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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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