German Gingerbread Hearts - Lebkuchenherzen Recipe

Sweet, simple to make, and perfect for sharing!

Lebkuchenherzen have become a staple in German celebrations, especially around Oktoberfest and Christmas time. They're typically decorated with intricate icing designs and lettering, including endearing or funny messages. Try your hand at making them and share them with someone you love!


1/2 cup butter
3/4 + 2 Tbsp honey
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp cocoa
3 tsp German Gingerbread Spice
5 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks
1-3 tablespoons milk

2 egg whites
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Whichever colors of food coloring you'd like to use!

Prep Time: 8-12hr


Combine butter, honey, sugar, gingerbread spice, and cocoa in a pot over medium heat until sugar has dissolved completely
Let cool
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, egg yolks, a little milk, and the honey mixture into a large bowl 
Knead until smooth
Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight

Next Day: 
Make a traceable heart of out any material you'd like, it might be ruined, so cardboard or paper both work fine
Preheat oven to 395' F
Cover dough with plastic wrap or wax paper
Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness 
Trace around the edge of your heart-form with a sharp knife, cutting out the shape in the dough
Gently transfer the heart onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes
Immediately take off of the baking sheet and let cool 

Making the frosting to decorate: 
(Don't forget to let the cookie cool all the way before starting your decorating)
Combine egg whites and powdered sugar until stiff
If you'd like to add colors, separate out portions to dye with your food coloring, do so
Start decorating your heart!

Cook Time: 15-20m

Share your heart with someone you love!

Chef Tip: 
Experiment! Try adding aniseed, cardamom, cloves, ginger, or nuts to your Lebkuchenherzen!