Aachener Printen – German Gingerbread

Aachener Printen is a speciality gingerbread or Lebkuchen sold in the masses to the masses at Christmas.  Recipes are closely guarded  secrets but my German friend gave me this version.

aachener Printen Gingerbread

You’ll need

  • 500g golden syrup
  • 500g plain flour
  • 50g candied peel
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp ground star anise
  • 2tbsp ground coriander seeds
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves

For the glaze

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water

For the topping

  • 200g dark chocolate – minimum 80% cocoa solids

To make around 12 pieces

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Warm the golden syrup in a pan over a low heat until it’s loosened and warm to touch but not hot.
  3. Add the syrup to the dry ingredients and mix together into a soft dough.
  4. Roll into 12 pieces – shapes of your choice. Cylinders or rounds or squares.
  5. Place the pieces on to the baking tray and bake for 15- 20 minutes.
  6. Make the glaze by dissolving the sugar in the warmed water and glaze the pieces while they are still warm.
  7. When cooled, dip and coat in melted chocolate.

5 responses to “Aachener Printen – German Gingerbread

  1. Pingback: Lecker! Lecker! Lecker! Favourite German Christmas Foods | The Botanical Baker

  2. Oh yum, this looks so good. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this – making this weekend!


  3. The recipe looks authentic (delicious,) to me. What is golden syrup? I live in the States.
    -Baking in Kalamazoo


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