German Christmas Cookies- Lebkuchen Recipe (aka German Gingerbread)

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Lebkuchen, which is very similar to soft gingerbread, is a traditional holiday treat that has been around for centuries.

It was originally invented by monks in Franconia, Germany in the late 1200s, but has evolved over the last 800+ years into numerous variations.

Here’s a look at the origins of these beloved German Christmas cookes, as well as a simple Lebkuchen recipe you can make at home. 

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