We all know by now that I’m something of a dessert connoisseur. But something you might not yet know about me is that I was born in Germany and that I love Christmas (although who doesn’t?). If you put all of this together, you get the inspiration behind this article for the German Christmas sweet treats you’ll just love!
1. Stollen (Christmas Cake)
Stollen is a cake that Germans traditionally eat for their Christmas Dinner dessert. It’s quite a dry cake (so that it can last a long time), but is filled with nuts, raisins and sometimes, marzipan. It’s said that nuts and raisins were symbols of wealth when the Stollen tradition first came about, and I love the idea that the cake hasn’t changed all that much over the centuries.
2. Lebkuchen (Gingerbread)
Lebkuchen, a type of gingerbread, takes a few different forms. When exploring German Christmas Markets, you’ve likely seen Lebkuchenherzen (“Lebkuchen Hearts”), which are a hard form of gingerbread shaped like hearts (obviously) and decorated with icing. Likewise, you’ve probably also seen Lebkuchenhaus (“Lebkuchen House”) a number of times too. Building a Lebkuchenhaus (or Gingerbread House) has since become a Christmas tradition in a number of different countries, not just Germany. But there is also another form that Lebkuchen takes, which is its simplest form of a soft gingerbread type cake, with the base often covered in dark chocolate. In my opinion, this is Lebkuchen at its most traditional, simple and tastiest!
3. German Christmas Cookies
Germans love baking at Christmas and usually start early and extend baking into the New Year, which is probably why there are so many different types of German Christmas cookie available. Some of my favourites include:
- Linzer Cookies: Jam-filled cookies (shaped in Christmas shapes like stars), with a roasted hazelnut flavoured dough.
- Chocolate Spritz (Spritzgebaeck): Chocolate flavoured cookies (in a range of Christmas shapes) filled with fruity jam.
- Cinnamon Stars: Star-shaped cinnamon flavoured biscuits with a white meringue glaze on top.
4. Chocolate Santas
Although Chocolate Santas can be found pretty much everywhere now, the tradition started in Germany and so only the best (and original) can be found there. Plus, they make excellent gifts and souvenirs when bought from a real German Christmas Market!
5. German Glühwein (Mulled Wine)
It seems every country has a version of mulled wine these days, from Glögi in Finland, to mulled wine in England, to Glühwein in Germany and Austria. But this doesn’t matter to me as I ADORE mulled wine! Interestingly, Glühwein doesn’t translate as ‘mulled wine’ as we call it in England, but actually translates to ‘glow wine’ – for the feeling you get when drinking this warming liquid! The German version is pretty simple (and traditional) with flavours of cinnamon, cloves, orange and star anise coming through underneath the red wine. Delicious!
What do you think? Yay or nay to each of these? And have I left any German sweet treats out? Let me know in the comments…
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