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Gluten Free Lebkuchen
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins

A delicious spicy cake-like biscuit traditionally eaten in the wintertime and Christmas period, originating in Germany and now made gluten free with dairy and egg free options too.

Course: Tea Time
Cuisine: German, Gluten Free
Keyword: Chocolate Biscuit, Christmas, easy, German, Lebkuchen
Servings: 30 biscuits
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Glutarama
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 400 g plain flour
  • 1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp clove
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp  nutmeg
  • 60 g softened butter or dairy free alternative
  • 1 egg or 1tbsp of flaxseed (no need to mix with water)
  • 115 g treacle
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 150 ml milk or dairy free alternative
  • 100 g glace ginger
To decorate (not dairy/egg free)
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 300 g dark chocolate
to decorate (dairy & egg free)
  • 300 g dairy free 70% dairy free chocolate
  • 100 g dairy free white chocolate
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light.
  2. In a jug add the milk, egg, honey and treacle and whisk until combined.
  3. Pour into the butter mixture and mix, start to add the dry ingredients, once all ingredients have been added the mixture should be a thick dropping consistency.
  4. Add spoonfuls of mixture (about the size of an apricot) to a prepared baking sheet, these will spread to approx 2.5/3inches.

  5. Bake in an oven on 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 8-10 minutes - they will turn a dark brown.

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before decorating.
Non free from decoration
  1. To decorate I add a dollop of dark chocolate to the bottom of each biscuit and place on the reverse of a textured plastic chopping sheet, this creates a professional look to the underside of your biscuit ... it's sometimes the little attention to detail that impresses to most!
  2. To make the icing mix 150g icing sugar with the white of 1 egg and brush over the top, pop in the fridge for the chocolate to harden and the icing top to crust, you may want to repeat the egg and sugar wash process to get a thicker coating

Free from decoration
  1. Melt the chocolate and coat the Lebkuchen bottoms and place on a silicone or textured sheet. Pop into the fridge to set.

  2. once set coat half the biscuits fully with dark chocolate and the other half drizzle with dairy free white chocolate.

Recipe Notes

I've added a few of my Lebkuchen photos from the past 3 years to give you some ideas for decoration, these are your creations - go as festive  as you want and please tag me in on your photos if you share them on social media.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Lebkuchen
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 58IU1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.