Traditional German Christmas Foods to Celebrate the Holidays

Traditional German Christmas Foods to Celebrate the Holidays |

From the birthplace of the Christmas Tree, we bring you German Christmas Food ideas to brighten the holidays with tradition, festivity, and heritage. We’ve compiled the best recipes we could find, both savory and sweet. And… for added flavor, we’ve included some traditional activities you might want to add to your calendar.

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How Germans Celebrate Christmas

Germany celebrates Christmas with two public holidays, 25 and 26 December. For many people, 24 December, Christmas Eve, is divided into a hectic morning and a festive evening. When Christmas Eve falls on a working day, the shops are open until noon and they are very busy as people buy their last presents or food for the festive meal. Afterward, attention focuses on decorating the Christmas tree with fairy lights and colorful baubles, wrapping up presents and preparing food.”

German Christmas Traditions

Traditional German Christmas Foods to Celebrate the Holidays

It’s said, “The first taste of Christmas arrives when Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Spekulatius (gingery biscuits) suddenly appear on the supermarket shelves at the beginning of September. From the first Sunday in Advent onwards, Christmas markets, Christmas hits on the radio and Christmas lights spread the Christmas spirit throughout the land.”

We’ve gathered some deliciously authentic German recipes to add to your Christmas celebrations.

German Christmas Cookies

“An assortment of German Christmas cookies at Rischart bakery in Munich. From left: chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons; cinnamon and kirsch star cookies; raspberry jam sandwich cookies; anise seed crescent cookies; chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies; chocolate-dipped hazelnut cookies.”

Kokosmakronen (Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons)

Zimtsterne (Cinnamon and Kirsch Star Cookies)

Spitzbuben (Raspberry Jam Sandwich Cookies)

Vanillekipferl (Anise-Seed Crescent Cookies)

Schokiladen-Butter-plätzchen (Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies)

Nusstaler (Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Cookies)


2 thoughts on “Traditional German Christmas Foods to Celebrate the Holidays

  1. Shelley

    Links don’t work for various cookie recipes

    1. Hi Shelly! Thanks for alerting me. We recently changed a portion of the website — and apparently the links on this post didn’t transfer over. I’ve updated them now. Have a great day!

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