Looking For Traditional German Christmas Cookies? We’ve Got Them!
For us, nothing says “the holidays are here” as a fresh batch of German Christmas cookies!
And from hard German Christmas cookies to soft cookies, classic Pfeffernüsse to Lebkuchen and butter cookies, there is definitely no shortage of great German Christmas cookie recipes!
It’s no secret that Germans love their holiday cookies – and that we love traditional German cookies.
Not only was Lisa was born and raised in Germany but we’ve been lucky enough to have traveled around Germany together around the holidays.
Experiencing the sights and smells of German Christmas Market food is something everyone should experience. Of course, tasting the delicious cookies – like Aachener Printen – that go along with the holidays is also a must-do!
There are so many different types of German Christmas cookies that you can make. It’s actually fascinating to see how German holiday cookies (and their recipes) differ by region or tradition.
Some cookie recipes have a rich history about them because of the ingredients used. Lebkuchen comes to mind here.
Some cookies obviously include traditional spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise, but not all of them. You can even find gluten-free German Christmas cookies if you need to create some!
Aside from societal importance of holiday cookies, German Christmas cookies are a big part of celebrating the holidays with friends and family.
Many of these cookies are relatively easy to make so they can be whipped together in large batches and shared in cookie tins between households. Lisa’s family used to do this.
So, if you’re looking to create some traditional German Christmas cookies, check out our cookie recipes below. You’ll find a mix of different cookie types and flavors that you can create.
These recipes don’t have any crazy fancy ingredients or tools used which means you can bake Christmas cookies without any added stress. Have fun and let us know which holiday cookies you enjoy the most!
German Christmas Cookies
Looking to make some traditional German Christmas cookies? Our authentic cookie recipes are sure to please - and cover many German holiday cookies you might think of!
From classic German Butter cookies to Spice Cookies (Pfeffernüsse) and Cinnamon Stars, these German cookie recipes are easy to make with simple ingredients and methods. Plus, you get to have fun decorating most of them for the holidays!
Pfeffernüsse - or German Spice Cookies - are another popular German holiday cookie. These tasty cookies are packed with fragrant spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ground pepper.
The nice thing about Pfeffernüsse is that they are really easy to make. You can also choose to give them a simple glaze or leave them plain. Either way, spice cookies don't last long on the holiday dessert plate!
For authentic German gingerbread cookies, you've got to make Lebkuchen. These specific type of gingerbread are called Elisenlebkuchen - from the Nuremberg area.
These chewy and soft cookies are packed with nuts, candied citrus (orange and lemon), and are made with a homemade gingerbread spice mix. Lebkuchen are dipped in chocolate or icing for the perfect, sweet topping!
These German Cinnamon Stars - called Zimtsterne in German - are another perfect holiday cookie due to their shape and taste. Packed with ground almond and cinnamon, these holiday cookies are naturally gluten-free.
Cinnamon stars are sweet and extra chewy - and are perfect with or without their simple glaze!
German Spritz Cookies - or Spritzgebäck - are another really fun holiday cookie. With lots of unique shapes to create and a distinctly patterned dough, you can definitely get creative with these cookies!
Spritzgebäck is made from an easy-to-make dough and can be dipped in melted chocolate for added sweetness and creativity.
These are another great German holiday cookie to make with kids because of the different shapes and the chocolate dipping part!
Last, but certainly not least, we have German Oatmeal Cookies. Known as Haferplätzchen in German, these delicious cookies are even easier to make than their traditional North American counterpart.
Packed with rich oats and not that much sugar, these oatmeal cookies are filling and oh-so-satisfying around the holidays. They go great with a hot beverage and are a well-loved addition to any holiday cookie plate.
Okay, okay, traditional German Rum Balls - or Rumkugeln - might not be a classic holiday cookie. However, they are definitely a German Christmas treat!
These sweet and bite-sized little balls of chocolate and rum kind of fit the bill as an enjoyable holiday treat so we had to include them.
Rum balls are actually pretty easy to make and can be coated in different outer layers - like cocoa powder or sprinkles - to suit different sweet tooths!
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