German Lebkuchen Bars

German Lebkuchen Bars

These spiced honey bars are a twist on the German Lebkuchen cookie that dates back to the early 14th century.

20 min. prep time
24 bars
252 Ratings



3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1/3 cup chopped golden raisins


3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey


Candied cherries, if desired
Whole almonds, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Combine brown sugar, butter, 1/3 cup honey, egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and lemon zest in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, cloves and nutmeg; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in 1/3 cup blanched almonds and raisins.

Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Stir together all glaze ingredients in bowl until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Garnish with candied cherries and almonds, if desired.

Recipe Tip

Wrap bars in aluminum foil and allow them to stand a couple days to enhance the wonderful honey and spice flavor.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 160

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 65mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #9233©1997Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This item reminded me of a scone. It was very good and I recommend you use the bakers raisens.
These bars have a nicely spiced flavor, with excellent keeping qualities. Ate the last ones at the end of January - still delicious after their mid December baking.

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