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Aachener Printen

Aachener Printen

Aachener Printen

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Aachener Printen
3.7 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Cuisine: GermanDifficulty: Difficult


A type of Lebkuchen or gingerbread traditional in Aachen, Germany. For best results, use a kitchen scale to make these delicate, but delicious spice cookies.


  • 500 grams dark corn syrup

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 10 grams potash

  • 1 tablespoon rum

  • 150 grams rock candy

  • 100 grams sugar

  • 60 grams candied orange peel, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons aniseed, ground

  • 2 teaspoons coriander, ground

  • 1 pinch cloves, ground

  • 600 grams flour

  • Some dark syrup and water


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together syrup and water until hot. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Dissolve the potash in the rum. Break the rock candy into very small pieces. Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and knead until dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and let dough rest for 5 days in a cool place. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking sheets. On a lightly floured board, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut out 1-inch by 2-inch rectangles. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool for one minute on baking sheet and then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Glaze the cookies with a mixture of one part syrup to one part water. When dry, store in tins at room temperature.


  • Photo by Noora S. under Creative Commons license.



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As I am eating some authentic printen from Aachen right now, I can say that this recipe is pretty spot on. I have made it multiple times and it is always delicious.Instead of rectangles, however, I roll it into a 1" snake and then cut and cook. Easier and has more of the correct shape.
- Eric in TX

it turned out really rubbish. i would never make it ever again. Need a better recipie for cookies.
- Sharpay

My family is from Germany and we can find many German goodies here in Canada at Christmas - except for Printen. I made these last year and we all loved them. My mom thought that they tasted better than the ones she had brought back from Germany. They are now on my list of "musts" for Christmas baking. Some ingredients were near impossible for me to find. Potash was replaced with baking soda; rock candy (last year) was found through Epicure (pricey); dark syrup was replaced with corn syrup.
- Katrina

I made this for my grandpas birthday and he said that he loved them so much he wanted me to make another batch right that second!
- brittany
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