What is it?
A gingerbread cookie with frosting decor.
How is it called in German?
Cultural Background Story
The first written records of gingerbread-like small honey cakes date back to 350 BC. The Romans believed in the magical powers of ingredients.
However, based on the discovery of grave goods from the ancient Egyptians it is assumed that they already knew about gingerbread.
Oktoberfest Gingerbread Heart
Whether as a declaration of love, a cheeky teasing or simply as a souvenir, gingerbread hearts are a traditional must at the Oktoberfest.
Scroll down to get some ideas for your Oktoberfest heart saying from our example list with translations.
Behind the Scenes Video – Oktoberfest Hearts
At the Munich Oktoberfest you can order personalized, delicious gingerbread hearts!
Gingerbread Heart Template
You can easily download the printables with a right mouse click to your computer and print them at your home printer or at a copy shop.
Oktoberfest Gingerbread Hearts
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch ground all spice
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground clove
- Add butter, honey, cocoa powder, sugar, cocoa powder and spices to a sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and pour in a big bowl.
- Let cool to room temperature.
- Add flour, baking powder and egg to the bowl and knead to a smooth dough.
- Form dough into a loaf and wrap with plastic cling.
- Let rest at room temperature for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
- Use template to cut out 4 large, heart shaped cookies.
- To hang hearts with a ribbon, create two holes about 3/4-inch below the rim of the cookie with a chop stick before you bake them.
- Place the hearts on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.
- They will harden as they cool.
- Decorate the hearts with tinted royal icing of your choice.
Use the same dough recipe to make wonderful gingerbread cookies for Christmas.
Oktoberfest Herzen Icing Sayings
When you visit the original Oktoberfest in Munich, you will notice a lot of people wearing a large gingerbread heart on ribbons around their necks. It is tradition to buy your sweetheart one of these tasty cookies and wear it while strolling the fair. All gingerbread hearts are decorated with a message.
List of popular Oktoberfest gingerbread heart messages, along with their English translation:
- Oktoberfest 2019
- Grüße vom Oktoberfest – Greetings from the Oktoberfest
- O´zapft is – It´s tapped! (The first day when the Oktoberfest opens, the Mayor of Munich officially taps the first keg of beer and declares “O’zapft is“)
- Bier – Beer
Love & Friendship
- I mog di! – I am fond of you! in Bavarian
- Küss mich! – Kiss me!
- Ich liebe dich! – I love you!
- Lausbub – Little rascal
- Fescher Bua – Handsome guy in Bavarian
- Wilder Bua – Literally translated a wild guy in Bavarian, used like “naughty boy”
- Schlawiner – Rogue in Bavarian
- Platzhirsch – Literally translated “dominant stag (deer)” used like “alpha male” or “top dog”
- Herzerl (Bavarian) or Herzilein (German) – My dear
- Schnuckelputzi – Darling
- Mausi – Literally translated little mouse, used in German like “honey”
- Zuckerpuppe – Literally translated “sugar doll”, used in German like “doll”
- Schatzi or Schatz – Treasure
- Liebling – Darling
- Wiesn Luder – “Wiesn” is the location where the Oktoberfest is situated, and a “Luder” is a “bitch”
- Engerl (Bavarian) or Engel (German) – Angel
- Wiesn Prinzessin – Wiesn Princess