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Lebkuchen Spice Spritz

Lebkuchen Spice Spritz

Lebkuchen Spice Spritz

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Lebkuchen Spice Spritz
4.5 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.5/5 (18)
Course: Cookie Press CookiesCuisine: GermanyDifficulty: Medium



A cookie press cookie with a variety of spices and an easy glaze.


  • For the cookies:
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Make the cookies:
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F. In large mixer bowl combine sugar, butter, egg, salt, spices, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture is light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed, 2 to 3 minutes. If dough is too soft, cover and refrigerate until firm enough to form cookies, 30 to 45 minutes. Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes 1 inch apart on cookie sheets (do not grease the baking sheets or use a non-stick pan or baking mats…your cookies will not stick to the pan as they come out of the cookie press). Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for 2 minutes then move promptly to wire racks to cool.
  • Glaze:
  • In small bowl stir together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle or pipe over warm cookies. You can also make a thinner glaze by adding a tiny bit more milk (start with 1 teaspoon more) and just dip the cookies in the glaze (pictured). Allow glaze to harden before stacking.



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(example: Sue in LA)

I've made these every Christmas season for years. I glaze the cookies, then grate a bit fresh nutmeg over each cookie before the glaze sets. Truly fab!These freeze beautifully too.
- A Baker

I made these for the first time about 8 years ago and have made them every year since. Delicious!
- A Baker

The recipe as is came out delicious. I added cinnamon to the glace and they were amazing.
- Tara in California

-  Gail in Montana  

I've made these for several years and they have become mandatory on the annual cookie plate. I double the quantities for all the spices, and for the glaze, substitute a teaspoon of rum for some of the milk.
- A Cookie Baker in Canada

Make these every year for a friend's cookie exchange, always a big hit!
- A Baker

As written above, these are only lightly spiced. If you are looking for a stronger, more traditional Lebkuchen, flavor, you need to increase the spices. The above review is right about the icing. A light lemon glaze is add so much to the cookie.
- Madeleine in PA

I followed the advice of adding a little cinnamon to the glaze and am very happy I did. Two words of advice - COVER the dough before you put it in the fridge, and don't skip glazing the cookies. I asked my 11-yr-old to put it in to chill, but didn't specify it had to be covered. Had a little trouble muscling the cookies through the press as a result, but the end result didn't appear to suffer. Tried the cookies both before and after glazing, and they went from "meh, these would be okay as tea biscuits", to "ZOMG". Am adding this recipe to my yearly "must make" list.
- Tish in Dallas/Fort Worth

I have made this about 10 times now! I love the recipe!
- Sarah in Canyon Lake, Ca  

I've been making these for 3 years. They have a nice spice flavor. I dip them in the icing, rather than piping. If little ones are around, I have them shake colored sugar on them before the icing dries.
- A Baker

These are my son's favorite holiday cookie. I double all the spices though, and add a teaspoon of rum to the icing.
- Baker in Waterloo ON

Make sure you bake them until they are brown on the edges. When they are "just" done or a bit underdone, they aren't very good. Still, just OK, for me. I'm still looking for that *GREAT!!!* spritz cookie recipe.
- Sarah in Calgary

Really good cookies even when you forget the vanilla. I added a little bit of cinnamon to the glaze!
- Melissa Tumino in California

This recipe was very easy. And the cookies had just the right amount of spice. Next time I'll try dipping them in the glaze.
- Serrena in Fremont, C

Loved the taste of these cookies - all the spices make you think of Christmas without being overwhelming. However, I do recommend that you dip these cookies in the glaze rather than drizzling them. It's simpler and gives more of the feel of traditional lebkuchen with the extra crunch. For more of a holiday look, you could add food coloring to the glaze. :)
- Annie in Texas
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