Have you ever wanted to create your own Gingerbread spice mix? I’ll show you how easy it is to make this delicious German Lebkuchengewürz.

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Making Your Own Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix Is Simple!

If you want to create a great gingerbread dish but don’t have any gingerbread spice, here is the place to go. You can definitely create your own gingerbread spice blend at home!

German gingerbread spice, or Lebkuchengewürz in German, is a traditional spice mix for making gingerbread (Lebkuchen).

Gingerbread spice smells like the holidays because it contains aromatic spices including anise, cardamom, nutmeg, and cloves.

glass bowl with gingerbread spice on white counterReady-to-use homemade gingerbread spice blend!

Of course, gingerbread spice is used in a variety of dishes, so having some on hand is a good idea. You may purchase gingerbread spice online or in shops, but you can also create it from yourself.

If you didn’t purchase ground spices, the most difficult aspect of creating your own gingerbread spice mix is grinding them.

We typically use a tiny coffee bean grinder to ground spices, and it works well. You may also use a mortar and pestle to manually crush seeds (anise, cardamom, etc.).

Just be sure to wipe it out right after since certain spices, especially those pesky cloves, may stain owing to their dark color and inherent oils.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Homemade Gingerbread Spice

If you want to create your own gingerbread spice blend, just follow the steps on the recipe card below.

If you’re a visual learner, you can follow along with our homemade gingerbread spice recipe by looking at the process pictures here.

1629407467_224_Homemade-Gingerbread-Spice-Mix-German-LebkuchengewurzSome of our spices were pre-ground, while others we will grind ourselves!

Gather all of the spices you’ll need, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, all spice, anise seeds, and ginger (optional).

1629407469_400_Homemade-Gingerbread-Spice-Mix-German-LebkuchengewurzAnise seeds, ground – that typical black licorice aroma!

Then, if the spices aren’t already powdered, ground them.

Because we needed ground anise for our German anise cookies, we began with the anise seeds and ground a little more than necessary for this recipe.

1629407470_702_Homemade-Gingerbread-Spice-Mix-German-LebkuchengewurzBe cautious with the cloves since they may leave a stain.

Remove the ground spice, clean the coffee/spice grinder, and grind the next spice — cloves in this instance. They may seriously stain, so be cautious!

1629407471_495_Homemade-Gingerbread-Spice-Mix-German-LebkuchengewurzCardamom powder.

The cardamom has to be ground as well. Cardamom may be purchased fully ground, but it was too costly, so we decided to grind our own.

Make sure the seeds are removed from the green shell first. Place one on the counter or in the palm of your hand, then gently push down until the shell breaks.

Then take the little brown/black seeds out of the bag and put them in the grinder. Remove the shell and set it aside.

1629407472_799_Homemade-Gingerbread-Spice-Mix-German-LebkuchengewurzAll of the spices we used in our gingerbread spice blend are listed below!

Place all of your spices in a small dish after they’ve been ground.

You can find the precise quantities we used in the recipe card below, but you’re free to play with with the spices and modify them to your liking.

1629407473_746_Homemade-Gingerbread-Spice-Mix-German-LebkuchengewurzHere’s how to make your own gingerbread spice!

With a spoon, combine all of the spices until they are consistent in color.

Fill an airtight container (such as a tiny mason jar or an old spice jar with a cover) with your spice blend and keep it there until you need it!


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (optional)


  1. If you need to crush any spices (cloves, anise seeds, or anything else), do it in a small grinder or with a mortar and pestle one at a time.
  2. In a mixing dish, combine all of the spices. As you proceed, be careful to measure each spice. With a spoon, combine the ingredients until they are consistent in color.
  3. Keep the gingerbread spice blend in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it in a dish, like gingerbread cookies!


  • If you use anything to crush certain spices (especially cloves), be sure to wipe it off right away since some spices may leave stains (mainly on plastic).
  • If you grind your own spices, your spice mix will have a stronger taste. It’s sometimes less expensive to purchase spices whole and ground them yourself.
  • If you want to ground your own cardamom, remove the seeds from the shell first and only crush the little seeds.
Information about nutrition:

Calories: 39Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 1gCalories: 39Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0

An online nutrition calculator was used to determine this nutritional information. It should only be used as a guideline and not as a substitute for expert dietary guidance. Depending on the particular components used, the exact values may vary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is gingerbread spice made of?

Gingerbread spice is made of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

What is the difference between pumpkin pie spice and gingerbread spice?

Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Gingerbread spice is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves.

What is the German version of gingerbread called?