PREP TIME: 30 Minutes
MAKES: 12 small cakes

Each year German Christmas trees are decorated with lights, tinsel and ornaments, but the specialty is the Lebkuchen, a spicy, tasty cake made in shapes and hung on the tree.


  • 5 medium-sized eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • rind of one lemon
  • 1 pound almonds, ground
  • 3 ounces lemon peel, ground
  • 2 tsps nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, add eggs, sugar and fresh lemon rind. Using a hand mixer, beat on high speed for 15 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until all is incorporated and dough is stiff. Using a spoon, drop onto a greased baking sheet 2 - 3 inches apart. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake until golden brown.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • colored sugar

In a stainless steel mixing bowl, add powdered sugar and lemon juice. Mix together until all is incorporated and icing consistency is reached. Cover each cake with a little icing and sprinkle the top with colored sugar.

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