German Christmas Spice Recipe

November 23, 2018

A true German essential around the holidays: Lebkuchen-Gewürz or as we would translate it: Christmas Spice! It’s a spice blend with an exceptionally beautiful depth and complexity of flavor. And it’s an essential ingredient for a variety of German baked goods during the Christmas season, most notably the famous traditional German Lebkuchen.

Many of you might not have heard of it yet. Others of you will be cheering because you know exactly what it is and which recipes to use it for.

Lebkuchen Gewürz is a German spice blend with an exceptionally beautiful depth and complexity of flavor. It’s unrivaled by anything comparable. It’s an essential ingredient for a variety of traditional German baked goods during the Christmas season, most notably Lebkuchen and Pfeffernüsse.

I use this blend in all my pumpkin and apple pie recipes, especially in my gingerbread recipes. I love to sprinkle it on pumpkin spiced coffees at the beginning of the fall, put it on spiked whipped creams, sweet potatoes, fruit cakes, and OF COURSE use it for my Lebkuchen!

For those of you who are familiar to Lebkuchengewürz and live outside of Germany or Western Europe, you’ll know how nearly impossible it is to find it. And if you do find it, it can be very expensive.

If you are looking for a better, cheaper and homemade option and, most importantly, a superior flavor one, this recipe is for you!

Now, I know what you may be thinking: I don’t want to buy all of those spices just to make this Lebkuchen-Gewürz and then the rest goes to waste!

But that's not true. Most of these spices have many different uses for a wide variety of cuisines. I can especially think of one cuisine that regularly uses every single one of these spices: Indian cuisine.
And of course you’re not just limited to Indian food, these spices are very versatile. Just google their names one at a time and see what great recipes you will find!


10g Cinnamon

8 g Orange Peel

7 g Coriander

6 g Lemon Peel

6 g Star Anise

6 g Fennel Seeds

2 g Nutmeg

2 g Cloves

2 g Cardamon


Whether you are using pre-grounded spices or grinding your own in a coffee/spice grinder, you can simply combine the ingredients together.
For exact measuring I bought a digital scale, that can measure exact to 0.1 gram. If your scale is not that exact I recommend to just make a larger batch and multiply the ingredients or you can also wing the recipe and just guess the weight of the spices. It will still taste good but it will be hard to reproduce again and I've found the ratios of my recipe to be the best.
Keep the Lebkuchengewürz stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and it will keep for up to a year, but the flavors will dissipate over time. If you want to store it I recommend to let the orange and lemon peel dry for a few days before grinding and putting them into the spice.

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