Lebkuchen and printen

Preparation info
  • Makes


    large and smaller printen
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Dark Rye and Honey Cake: Festival baking from the heart of the Low Countries

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

  • About

Lebkuchen and printen are the most common German words for koek or peperkoek. The etymology is hard to pinpoint and there are many theories. Lebkuchen is the general term while the term printen is used in Aachen and Ostbelgien. The word Lebkuchen has been in use since the 13th century, while printen came into existence after the Continental blockade, when imported honey and sugar cane could no longer get to Europe and sugar derived from sugar beets became the swe