Cookie Madness: Chocolate Chip Cookies vs Lebkuchen

Cheryl's new chocolate chip cookies, photo courtesy Cheryl's Cookies
Cheryl's new chocolate chip cookies, photo courtesy Cheryl's Cookies /

Cookie Madness: Chocolate Chip Cookies vs Lebkuchen

This might be one of the toughest cookie matchups yet, with the All-American favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookies vs. a traditional, old-fashioned recipe loved by older generations: Lebkuchen. The basic chocolate chip cookies are buttery, soft in the middle, crisp on the outside and delicious. Lebkuchen are from German descent, contain spices and are a staple for many households during the Christmas holiday.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is just one of my favorite recipes to use when making Chocolate Chip Cookies, as there are lots to choose from! There are many additions and variations to the basic chocolate chip recipe one can do. For instance, you could add chopped walnuts or pecans, swap out milk chocolate chunks for dark chocolate, add in a vanilla pudding mix for softness, etc. Some of those changes would change the recipe title however, but you get the idea.

Chocolate chip cookies use basic ingredients to make and little time to prepare. Once the dough is mixed, drop it by teaspoons on to a baking sheet and you are set to go. Eating warm cookies can happen in as little as 30 minutes after you bake!


I remember these cookies from when my Grandma used to make them. They made the whole house smell warm, if you can understand what I mean. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves…I don’t even know what recipe she used, but the spices lingered in the air for several hours after she was done.

You can find a great recipe for traditional Lebkuchen here. This recipe puts the glaze on the bottom of the cookie, but my grandma did it over the top. I don’t think it makes a difference, but there is less cookie handling when you do it over the top of the cookie while it remains on the baking sheet.

There are many matchups going on in the Cookie Madness to prevent March Sadness, are you following along? Have any of the winners been cookies you voted for?

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What cookie recipes are your favorite? Are you baking more these days?