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Advent/Christmas/Festive Holiday Recipe Links

October, November, December and even January are devoted to baking and making much loved traditional food and drink recipes, for all of Germany´s different holiday season celebrations.

Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe star
German Lebkuchen, that special German gingerbread, whatever you create with this recipe it will always be delicious. Anything from spicy ginger cookies, Oktoberfest or Valentine's Day Hearts, Witches' Cottages and Gingerbread Men, to Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations or aromatic Lanterns.

Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe star
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.

German Caramelized Almonds Recipe star
Caramelized Almonds, freshly cooked from a festival or street side stall or made at home. Delicious candied almonds enjoyed throughout the year, but during Advent not only the air at Weihnachtsmaerkte is filled with the aroma of Gluehwein and Gebrannte Mandeln, they are an unbeatable combination.

German Christmas Cookie Recipes star
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts Plaetzen. Traditional "Holiday Cookies", or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.

German Nut Cookie Recipes star
For anyone who likes nuts here are two quick, simple and delicious cookie recipes. Classics from "Oma's kitchen" they are favorites found on any dish of German "Weihnachtsplaetzchen", Christmas Cookies, but are enjoyed all year round.

German Specialty, Roast Goose Recipe star
"Koelner Martinsgans" is a delicious St. Martin's Goose specialty from Cologne. Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumplings. Enjoyed from autumn onwards, not only for the Christmas, New Year's Eve and St. Martin's Day festivities, and here is a recipe with the traditional side dishes.

Gluehwein and More - Holiday Drink Recipes star
Cold weather means traditional warming winter drinks in Germany, but not only for Weihnachten and New Year with its timeless combination of "Gluehwein" and "Christmas/New Year". There are many and here are a few to try, from Gluehwein and Punch to Pharisaeer, with the Pharisaeer story.

Speculaas the Original Biscoff, a Recipe star
Speculaas are spiced caramelized cookies found everywhere in Germany, from accompanying that "cup of coffee" at the hair stylists to pavement cafés. But they have been part of St. Nicholas and Christmas holiday traditions for centuries, long before they became known as the less spicy "Biscoff".

Three Kings Day Cake Recipe star
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season. In many regions of Germany, and German speaking countries, one of the day's traditions is a King's Cake with the crowning as "King for the Day" of whoever finds the Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.

Traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes star
Weihnachts Plaetzchen, another of Germany’s Christmas traditions. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region, family to family, but few homes will be without their favorite Weihnachtskekse during Advent and the 12 days of Christmas. Pots of Love and Coconut Chocolate Macaroon recipes.

Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe star
St. Martin's Day and St. Nicholas in German speaking countries would not be complete without a "Stutenkerl", "Nikolaus" or "Weckmann". Same "Bread Man", different name depending on the region. A traditional sweet yeast dough holiday specialty, here is its "story" and a recipe.

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