Friday, January 2, 2015

Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread) Brownies

I know. I know. What's with schlepping more holiday recipes into the New Year. I couldn't help it  you see. I had one lone envelope of lebkuchen spices I brough back from my last trip to Germany that had a (blinking) expiration date on it. I had to use it or lose it. It was practically scolding me in German. 

I suppose I could have saved this recipe for December 2015 but these came out SO amazing, I just had to share.

These chewy, luscious brownies are loaded with German lebkuchen flavor both in the brownie itself and in the frosting.

Lebkuchen is a spice mix similar to gingerbread used in German holiday baking. You can substitute equal amounts of any gingerbread spice mix in this recipe. A run of the mill gingerbread spice mix contains powdered versions of ginger, clove, nutmeg and allspice. Sometime there is cardamom and/or black pepper thrown in. Lebkuchen has anise seed and/or star anise, infusing the mix with a hint of licorice flavor. A good recipe for lebkuchen spice can be found here.

They taste amazing without the frosting as well. So if you are counting calories as part of your New year's resolution, you can skip the frosting. 

I'm just sayin'.

For the full recipe, hop on over to my German Food Page at

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