Traditional Christmas Cookies

Typical for the time before Christmas are gingerbread, cinnamon stars and other traditional pastries. You can see what you can snack on here:

Speculoos cookies

The flat biscuits made from shortcrust pastry are typically flavoured with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. They come in various shapes and designs. Originally from the Netherlands and Belgium, they are now known in most German-speaking regions. Crispy and full of flavour – you have to try them!

cinnamon stars

Finely ground almonds, beaten egg whites, sugar and cinnamon. These biscuits are made without any flour. Garnished with icing – delicious!


The traditional German Christmas Bread. Something in between bread and cake. Many Germans love it and cannot live without the fruit bread that is filled with nuts, raisins and other candid fruits and coated with powdered sugar.

Vanilla Kipferl

Although you can also buy them in the supermarket, these crescent-shaped biscuits taste best when you bake them yourself. Their main ingredients: lots of butter, sugar and finely ground nuts – almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts, depending on the family recipe. They are rolled in vanilla sugar straight from the oven while they are still warm.
Find a German friend with a grandma who can tell you her family recipe!

Gingerbread cookies

Soft, flavoursome, filled with jam and covered in dark chocolate. You can almost replace an entire meal with these biscuits!

candied apples

You’ll find them at every Christmas market. They are every child’s favourite treat, next to candy floss.


Dominos are now available in your favourite supermarket – if you like marzipan and jelly, you’ll love them!

Gingerbread house

Many children and their parents build the little houses out of gingerbread and icing and decorate them with colourful sweets. Over the next few weeks, they snack on them – sometimes in secret – until there is finally nothing left at Christmas.

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