German Christmas Recipes

Let me share with you some German Christmas recipes that our family cherishes. I hope you enjoy these treats too!

If you like the taste of gingerbread, you’ll love these traditional German Christmas cookies! They’re spicy, soft and pillowy, and they’re encased in an icing glaze to keep them moist and give them even more sweetness and texture. These cookies are full of warming spices, and you can even freeze them to enjoy later on.

Tante (Aunt) Betty’s Pfeffernusse (Iced Spiced Cookies)

Not a family gathering goes by where we don’t have Streselkuchen at the table with our coffee! This is a coffee cake with a sweet yeast dough base and a crispy, sweet crumb topping. It’s great as a brunch dish on Christmas Day, or with coffee after Christmas Eve dinner.

German Crumb Cake AKA Streuselkuchen

This German recipe for Honey Cakes (or “honigkuchen”) is from my great auntie Betty and it’s a cake traditionally made at Christmas time. I find the taste and texture of this cake very unique, and incredibly festive! This dense sheet cake features lots of yummy spices like cinnamon, cloves and anise.

Honey Cakes AKA Honigkuchen

This cake is a classic at all of my German family’s get-togethers. My grandma always makes this marble bundt cake and it’s usually enjoyed after dinner with our coffees. Cocoa powder is used to flavour half the batter, and then its mixed with the plain batter to create a swirling effect.

Marble Bundt Cake

YES, we bake a lot of KUCHEN (cake!) over the Christmas holidays! This apple crumb cake is a dense white sheet cake topped with apple slices and “streusel”

Apple Crumb Cake (or apfel streuselkuchen)