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Years ago I made two Ginger Bread Houses for my niece and nephew. They were very excited and according to their mother, after they snacked off the candy, nuts, and chocolates I used for decoration, they put the remainings of the house into a plastic container and had all of it, to the last crumb.

Since then, every year I am getting hints about how delicious that Ginger Bread was…This year they are going to get Ginger Bread Buses.

This German Ginger Bread recipe contains “Potassium carbonate” as an ingredient, a leavening agent that gives the Ginger Bread its characteristic flavour and allows for longer storage of the cookies.

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German Ginger Bread Cookie Busses

Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Resting time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours 30 minutes



  • 1. Combine honey, brown sugar and butter in a pot, heat until combined. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  • 2. Dissolve the Potassium carbonate in the water, set aside.
  • 3. Sift together flour, ginger bread spice and cocoa powder.
  • 4. Combine honey mixture, dry ingredients, egg and potassium carbonate. Knead to a smooth dough.
  • 5. Cover in plastic film and let rest overnight.
  • 6. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan.
  • 7. Roll out the dough and cut out some busses. Place them on a baking sheet covered with a silicone mat or baking paper.
  • 8. Bake for approximately 6 minutes.
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