The holy trinity of German Christmas cookies: Lebkuchen, Vanillekipferl and Elisen-Lebkuchen

If you ever read something about German or Austrian Christmas baking you probably may heard of Vanillekipferl and Lebkuchen.

And if you ever wanted to make them yourself, try these recipes, cause they are the best versions I got so far.


The last one shows a pic of Lebkuchen traditionally with icing and a vintage picture on it.

But now here are the recipes:

Vanillekipferl (Austrian recipe)

150 g butter

50 g powdered sugar

pinch of salt

100 g ground almonds

200 g flour

3 pck. vanilla sugar

2 tbsp. sugar

Make a dry pastry from the first 5 ingredients. Put it in the fridge.

Make 2 rolls, about 9 inch long and let cool again, cut each roll in 20 pieces and shape them like small halfmoons (yeah, that’s a kipferl)

Bake them at 350°F for 15-20 min.

Mix vanilla sugar and sugar and roll the hot(!!) Kipferl in it.


2 cups margarine, melted

3 cups molasse

1 cu sugar

8-10 cups flour (most of the time I need more)

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp soda

1 Tbsp ginger

1Tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Mix flour, salt, soda and spices.

Melt molasse and sugar, add margarine and cool it.

Alternately add buttermilk and flour mix.

Roll pastry about 6 mm and cut in shapes. Brush with beaten egg.

Bake at 350°F 20-25 Min.

Elisen-Lebkuchen (this recipes it my own special version)

3 eggs

150 g sugar

50 g apple jelly

1 Tbsp molasse

100 g candied orange peel

2 Tbsp cocoa

200g grond almonds

50 g walnuts, chopped

100g flour

1/2 pck. backing powder

1 Tbsp rum

100 g marzipan

2 dashes bitter almond aroma

1 pinch cardamon, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, ginger

Oblaten (and that’s the tricky point, I don’t know if you can buy Oblaten outside Germany)

chocolate glaze

Mix all ingredients except for the Oblaten and the glaze, put about 1 Tbsp or more (depends on the size of the Oblaten) on each Oblate. Bake at 300°F for 15 Min.

Glaze it.

Why do I post this Christmas stuff now? Cause it’s September and the stores are already full of Christmas Lebkuchen…..



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