In this post I introduce you to my best traditional German Christmas desserts, classic German winter desserts plus other authentic German desserts that you usually would not find at a Christmas dinner in Germany but still utterly delicious and an option to enhance your Christmas celebrations.
The traditional German Christmas dessert recipes are truly authentic German like the ones that you would find at German family dinners or restaurants. You will also find some ideas for more contemporary recipes that are very popular in Germany which combine classic German recipes with a new approach.
- 1. Christstollen
- 2. Marzipan Stollen
- 3. Mohnstriezel (Poppy Seed Strudel)
- 4. Quark Stollen
- 5. Bremer Klaben (German Christmas Bread)
- 6. Früchtebrot (German Fruit Bread / Cake)
- 7. Nussstollen (Nut Stollen)
- 8. Honigkuchen (Honey Cake)
- 9. German Christmas Cookies
- 10. Dominosteine (Gingerbread Marzipan Jelly Chocolates)
- 11. Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread Specialties)
- 12. Glühwein Rote Grütze (Mulled Wine Berry Compote)
- 13. Baumkuchen (German Cake Specialty)
- 14. Spekulatius (Speculoos Cookies)
- 15. Springerle Cookies
- 16. Schneeballen
- 17. Zwetschgenknödel (Yeast Dough Plum Dumplings)
- 18. Rumkugeln (German Rum Balls)
- 19. Schokoladenkränze (Sprinkle Covered Chocolates)
- 20. Marzipankartoffeln (Marzipan Candy)
- 21. Marzipanbrot (German Marzipan Specialty)
- 22. Milchreis (German Rice Pudding)
- 23. Griessbrei (German Semonlina Pudding)
- 24. Kirschmichel (German Cherry Bread Pudding)
- 25. Bratapfel (Baked Apples)
- 26. Lebkuchen Mousse (Gingerbread Mousse)
- 27. Zimteis mit Rotweinpflaumen (Cinnamon Ice Cream with Red Wine Plums)
- 28. Glühweinbirnen mit Bayerischer Creme (Mulled Wine Pears with Bavarian Cream)
- 29. Spekulatius-Parfait (Speculoos Parfait)
- 30. Gebrannte Mandeln (Candied Almonds)
- 31. Schokomandeln (Chocolate Almonds)
- 32. Apfelstrudel (German Apple Strudel)
- 33. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
- 34. Käsekuchen (German Cheese Cake)
- 35. Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)
- 36. Mohnstreuselkuchen (German Poppy Seed Crumble Cake)
- 37. Bienenstich Kuchen (Bee Sting Cake)
- 38. Plaumenkuchen (No Yeast German Plum Cake)
- German Chocolate Cake - Not a German dessert!
The Christmas season is here and so is the time for festive treats! If you're looking for something special to make for the holidays, why not try Dresdner Christstollen or mini bite-sized versions of it? This German Christmas treat is famous all over the world and with this recipe, you'll be able to make it right in your own kitchen.
2. Marzipan Stollen
Stollen is probably the most famous traditional German Christmas dessert, and it just got even better with the addition of marzipan. This sweet and creamy combination creates a truly unique and delicious flavor experience that is sure to win you over.
3. Mohnstriezel (Poppy Seed Strudel)
Christmas would not be Christmas without a Mohnstriezel. Mohnstriezel or also Mohnstrudel called is a traditional German pastry that is a beloved tradition in our family. It has long been a favorite among bakers and pastry lovers alike, for its unique combination of flavors and delightful texture. During the Advent season, Mohnstriezel is especially popular, as it perfectly captures the festive spirit of the season.
4. Quark Stollen
One of my favorite stollen variations is the quark stollen. The addition of quark — no worries, you can substitute for Greek yogurt if you can´t find quark — makes the stollen super moist, and even more delicious.
5. Bremer Klaben (German Christmas Bread)
Bremer Klaben is a type of Stollen bread originating from Bremen, Germany. This bread has been enjoyed for centuries during the Christmas season and is a great way to bring the festive spirit to any celebration. Whether plain or topped with butter, Bremer Klaben is sure to be a hit with everyone who has the pleasure of tasting it.
6. Früchtebrot (German Fruit Bread / Cake)
Früchtebrot is a delicious, dark bread that is full of dried fruit and nuts. It is a great choice for dense fruit cake lovers. It has a long shelf life, making it a great option for those looking for a snack that can be enjoyed for a long period of time.
7. Nussstollen (Nut Stollen)
Nut stollen is an exciting variation of the classic stollen and is a flavorful, moist, and delicious stollen variation. Its creamy, nutty filling provides a unique flavor and texture to the traditional stollen. Its ability to stay fresh and moist for a long time makes it an ideal treat for the holiday preperations. Nut stollen is sure to be a popular dessert with family and friends alike and will make a delicious treat for your festive gathering.
8. Honigkuchen (Honey Cake)
German honey cake is an excellent and easy-to-make dessert that is sure to bring a festive feel to your Christmas morning breakfast. Whether you opt for a classic version or prefer to dress it up with a variety of festive toppings, this cake is sure to please the whole family. If you have leftovers, you should try the Rhenish version of sauerbraten. The addition of honey cake or printen gives that roast its signature flavor.
9. German Christmas Cookies
German Christmas would not be complete without a plate of delicious German Christmas cookies. These sweet treats are a traditional part of the German Advent and Christmas time and bring joy to all families throughout the festive season.
10. Dominosteine (Gingerbread Marzipan Jelly Chocolates)
Dominosteine are a delicious and unique German Christmas treat that is sure to impress all sweet tooths. Combining the flavors of gingerbread, jelly, marzipan, and chocolate, Dominosteine are a delightful treat that will bring a lots of holiday cheer to any winter celebration.
11. Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread Specialties)
Germany has a vast and delicious array of lebkuchen specialties. From the traditional gingerbread heart and Printen to the famous Elisen lebkuchen, there is something for everyone to enjoy. To learn more about the various types of lebkuchen, be sure to check out the link below. With so many options to choose from, you won’t be disappointed!
12. Glühwein Rote Grütze (Mulled Wine Berry Compote)
The combination of delicious berries and cherries cooked in flavourful mulled wine is a perfect way to end a meal. Not only is it a delicious treat, but it is also a great way to bring a touch of warmth and cheer. So the next time you want to treat your friends or family to something special, give this delightful dessert a try!
13. Baumkuchen (German Cake Specialty)
Baumkuchen aka tree cake is a truly unique and special pastry from the German cuisine. Its beautiful tree-ring pattern makes it a popular and eye-catching dessert, and its name is a reminder of its unique appearance. Whether for a special occasion or just for a treat, Baumkuchen is sure to delight any lucky recipient.
14. Spekulatius (Speculoos Cookies)
Speculoos cookies are a delicious and beautiful treat that has become a popular dessert around the world. Baked in traditional baking pans their unique pattern makes them an amazing addition to any cookie platter. Whether you choose to bake them yourself or purchase them ready-made, these spice cookies make a memorable snack.
15. Springerle Cookies
Springerle are an integral part of German culture, with a rich tradition that spans more than 700 years. These anise-flavored cookies are a special treat during the holidays and other celebrations, and they continue to be enjoyed by many to this day. Whether as a gift or a treat for yourself, Springerle is a timeless tradition that will be cherished for generations to come.
Schneeballen is a unique German pastry that is definitely worth trying. Its unique shape and texture make it stand out from other pastries, and its taste and texture will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. So the next time you are in Germany, make sure to try a Schneeballen and experience this unique German pastry sensation!
17. Zwetschgenknödel (Yeast Dough Plum Dumplings)
Sweet yeast dumplings filled with juicy plums are a delicious way to close out a cold winter day. Whether you enjoy them as is or with a scoop of ice cream, these dumplings are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and warm your heart.
18. Rumkugeln (German Rum Balls)
German Rum Balls are a delicious and boozy treat. They make a great addition to any dessert table. Whether you are looking to impress your friends or just treat yourself to a delicious German chocolate truffle, Rumkugeln are the perfect indulgence.
19. Schokoladenkränze (Sprinkle Covered Chocolates)
These sprinkle-covered chocolates are a traditional addition to German Christmas treat plates known as "Bunte Teller."
20. Marzipankartoffeln (Marzipan Candy)
High quality German marzipan dusted with dark cocoa powder is an ideal treat for chocolate lovers, offering a luxurious and indulgent flavor combination that is sure to delight. This dessert offers a unique flavor experience and is the perfect way to enjoy during a heart warming Christmas movie.
21. Marzipanbrot (German Marzipan Specialty)
Marzipanbrot is a marzipan log covered in a thick layer of dark chocolate. Some are filled with nougat or pistachio cream, making this dessert even more decadent.
22. Milchreis (German Rice Pudding)
Nothing quite captures the winter season like German rice pudding topped with brown butter and cinnamon sugar. This classic dessert will warm your soul, as well as your taste buds. Enjoy this winter treat with friends and family for a truly special experience.
23. Griessbrei (German Semonlina Pudding)
German Semolina pudding is another delicious winter dessert that appeals to all ages. Its creamy texture and decadent flavor make it the perfect choice for a cozy winter dessert or breakfast.
24. Kirschmichel (German Cherry Bread Pudding)
Kirschmichel is a wonderful German cherry bread pudding that is sure to delight any dessert lover. With its sweet and tangy flavors, creamy texture, and delicious vanilla sauce, it's the perfect holiday breakfast choice.
25. Bratapfel (Baked Apples)
Classic German baked apples are a perfect way to enjoy a cozy afternoon. Filled with a delicious combination of walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, butter, and marzipan, this comforting dessert is sure to bring a smile to your face.
26. Lebkuchen Mousse (Gingerbread Mousse)
Gingerbread mousse is a delightful and creamy dessert that's perfect for the holidays. Its unique flavor makes it a great addition to any holiday table, and its ease of preparation make it an ideal dessert to serve to family and friends. It's sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering and will be remembered for years to come.
27. Zimteis mit Rotweinpflaumen (Cinnamon Ice Cream with Red Wine Plums)
Cinnamon ice cream with boozy red wine plums is a light and decadent holiday dessert that is sure to please any crowd. The combination of sweet and spicy cinnamon ice cream with the tart and slightly sweet boozy red wine plums is a festive and unique way to end a holiday meal. With a dessert this tasty and easy to make, you won't have to worry about last minute holiday dessert planning!
28. Glühweinbirnen mit Bayerischer Creme (Mulled Wine Pears with Bavarian Cream)
This luscious Bavarian cream topped with mulled wine pears is the perfect combination of sweet and boozy flavors. The creamy texture of the Bavarian cream is complemented by a hint of spice from the mulled wine pears, making it a delightful and satisfying dessert. Enjoy this delightful and decadent with your whole family.
29. Spekulatius-Parfait (Speculoos Parfait)
The Speculoos parfait is a delicious and unique combination of vanilla flavored ice cream and spiced speculoos cookies. It is the perfect dessert for those who love the sweet and spicy taste of speculoos cookies with the creamy richness of ice cream. With this parfait, you can enjoy the perfect combination of flavors in one delicious treat.
30. Gebrannte Mandeln (Candied Almonds)
Candied almonds are a delicious and crunchy candy snack that can be eaten alone or used to enhance other desserts. With a variety of flavors and textures, they are sure to be a hit with everyone. Whether you enjoy them as a snack, a topping, or just as a sweet treat, candied almonds are an excellent choice for Christmas snacking and baking.
31. Schokomandeln (Chocolate Almonds)
Chocolate covered almonds are the perfect snack to enjoy during the holiday season. Not only do they taste great, but they're also very easy to prep and make a great gift. They pair perfectly with a mug of hot gluhwein, providing a sweet and comforting treat that will leave you feeling satisfied.
32. Apfelstrudel (German Apple Strudel)
Apfelstrudel is an excellent choice for a Christmas dessert. Its combination of sweet and tart apples, flaky crust, and delectable spices make it a winning combination. Whether enjoyed on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream, apple strudel is sure to please both family and friends.
What you would not necessarily find at a traditional German Christmas dinner but still delicious and authentic German desserts.
33. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
Black Forest cake is a delicious and delightful dessert that can be enjoyed after dinner, even though it is not usually served at a traditional German Christmas dinner. With its rich layers of chocolate and cherries, it is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, making it a great dessert to enjoy all year round.
34. Käsekuchen (German Cheese Cake)
German cheesecake is the perfect dessert, no matter what the season or occasion. Not only is it delicious, but it is also easy to make and can be enjoyed by everyone. With its simple yet rich flavors, it will undoubtedly be a huge success for any special occasion. So, if you're looking for a classic German dessert that will never go wrong, German cheesecake is the perfect choice.
35. Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)
German apple cake is a wonderful treat that can be enjoyed throughout the year, but is especially delicious during the festive season when it can be served with whipped cream. Its classic combination of sweet apples, cinnamon, and sugar make it a must-have for any holiday gathering.
36. Mohnstreuselkuchen (German Poppy Seed Crumble Cake)
The delicious combination of a poppy seed cake with a luxuriously sweet crumble topping makes for a wonderful winter treat. Enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate, this delightful treat is the perfect way to make your winter days extra special.
37. Bienenstich Kuchen (Bee Sting Cake)
The classic Bienenstich cake is a delicious treat that is sure to please. It is an amazing combination of creamy vanilla filling sandwiched between two soft and tender layers of cake, topped with crunchy caramelized almond slices. It is a sweet and indulgent treat that will satisfy any craving.
38. Plaumenkuchen (No Yeast German Plum Cake)
German plum cake is another classic and delicious traditional German cake that is a perfect highlight to any Christmas dinner. Its combination of sweet plums, crunchy crumbles, and flaky pastry is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who tries it. With its inviting flavor and festive appearance, it is no surprise that German plum cake has been a beloved dessert for centuries.
Last but not least a cake that is delicious but absolutely not a traditional German dessert!
German Chocolate Cake - Not a German dessert!
German chocolate cake is not a German cake, and has no relation to Germany whatsoever. The cake originated in the United States, and is a distinct type of chocolate cake with a wonderful flavor combination. The name "German" chocolate cake is simply the last name of its creator and does not reflect the cake's true origin.
German Christmas desserts offer a variety of options for every taste. From delicious cakes, creamy desserts, to chocolate candies, there is something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season. Whether you are looking for a traditional treat or something a bit more contemporary, German Christmas desserts are sure to make your holiday season merry and bright.
I hope you will try some of the recipes and let me know which ones you like best.
If you are looking for a German recipe that is not on the list, please let me know and I am happy to help you.