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German Christmas Cookies: A Tradition Not to Be Lost

German Christmas Cookies: A Tradition Not to Be Lost

I'm going to preface this post with a disclaimer... I'm not a baker. It's not a talent of mine... I can make a dirndl fit someone in Canada without ever seeing them, but making cupcakes from a box is about as far as my baking skills go. However, I do believe that baking Christmas cookies is a tradition not to be lost. Luckily for me, my soon to be husband likes making cookies! Here is a video from a while back of me attempting a classic German Cookie recipe (start at about :45)

My grandfather was a baker, but not just your run of the mill baker of cookies and cakes here and there. He was a master at his craft! His recent passing has my entire family wishing we learned more about baking from him, but he was pretty protective of his recipes often changing things based on the weather, which makes his cookies very hard to replicate. My uncle is working on it and he makes a wicked good rye bread, so I'm hopeful that Grandpa's cookies will come back to life through Uncle Art!

Anywhooo, German Christmas cookies and baking them with family is a tradition that I think children and adults alike will always remember. Here is a great list of classic cookies from 

Macaroons classic cookie made with hazelnuts and are quick and easy to make.

Schwarz-Weiß-Gebäck – these shortcrust pastry cookies are created in several patterns by adding cocoa powder to one part of the dough.

Lebkuchen or German gingerbread is slightly different to British gingerbread. The harder version of Lebkuchen is used to make gingerbread houses and gingerbread hearts sold at fairs and carnivals. Nuremberg Lebkuchen are well-known around the world. They are soft, and often baked on Oblaten (a thin wafer base). The finest variety is the Elisenlebkuchen that contains almost no flour.

Spekulatius is a spiced shortcrust cookie from Belgium and the Netherlands where it is eaten all around the year. In German regions that border these countries Spekulatius is a favourite Christmas cookie.

Spitzbuben – Some sources claim the Spitzbuben to be an original Swiss recipe, however, the biscuits filled with red currant jam are very common in Germany as well.

Springerle are little pieces of art. You need a mould plate or roller to make the sweets with the pictures on top.

Butter cookies – Although you can buy butter cookies all year round, these are not exactly the same as the Butterplätzchen made for Christmas.

Aachener Printen are a type of Lebkuchen sweetened with sugar beet syrup instead of honey. Aachener Printen is a protected regional term, you’ll find Printen bakeries only in Aachen and its surroundings.

Almond Crescents – Vanillekipferl are another well-loved German Christmas cookie. Vanillekipferl are a must on every cookie plate in December.

above information from from

Click here for a list of great cookie recipes to try this season from and get baking!  

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Erika Neumayer

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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika

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