This German Gingerbread Spice Mix is a spice blend which is essential for many German Christmas baking recipes! It’s so easy to make your own and much cheaper than buying it.
You might wonder what is so special about this spice blend but if you ever tried German Gingerbread (Lebkuchen) then you know why it’s definitely worth making your own.
This spice mix is called Lebkuchengewuerz in German and is an essential ingredient in many Christmas recipes. But it’s so versatile that it can be added to lots of other things like pancake or waffle batter, cookies, or ground coffee before brewing.
Essentially you can add it to whatever you want to have a gingerbread flavor!
The ingredients are pretty simple and you probably have them in your pantry! It’s a quick and easy recipe that saves you much money because if you have a look at Amazon (Lebkuchengewuerz) this spice blend is not cheap (when you can even find it).
And making your own blend is so simple and it will be more flavorful!
To make this German gingerbread spice mixture you’ll need cinnamon, cloves, allspice, coriander, green cardamom, ginger, star anise, mace, and nutmeg. Sounds a little bit like pumpkin pie spice, doesn’t it? But the ratios are different and will yield a different flavor.
It really adds a different and unique flavor to baked goods!
The recipe is really simple. You can use pre-ground spices or you can grind your own in a spice grinder. You combine everything and store in an airtight container.
You can find most of these spices in your local grocery store but if you won’t most good health food stores will carry them. I recommend getting the whole spices and grind your own for a deeper flavor. And another tip is to only make as much as you use to get the most flavor.
German Gingerbread Spice Mix
- 2½ tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ½ tsp ground star anise
- ¼ tsp ground mace
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp ground green cardamom
- Combine all ingredients.
- Store in an airtight container.