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10 Delicious German Christmas Cookies to Please Any Crowd

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Each year, thousands of people from around the world travel to Germany to visit the country’s iconic Christmas markets. And if you’ve ever been to one, you understand why they have such a strong allure. The events, which typically take place on the town square, include festive lights, Christmas decorations galore, and, of course, a range of yummy holiday treats. That includes plenty of German Christmas cookies.

No matter where you are, you can conjure some of the magic of this holiday tradition by baking a batch of German Christmas cookies at home. Our list of recipes includes star-shaped stunners, as well as different versions of traditional pfeffernüsse and vanillekipferl. And for even more ideas, try one of our beloved Christmas cookie recipes.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Zimtsterne Cinnamon Stars

These traditional zimtsterne get their rich and spicy flavor from ground almonds and cinnamon topped with a sweet meringue glaze. They make a stunning presentation fit for gift giving, but they’re deceptively easy to make.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Glazed Gingerbread Cookies

Here’s a gingerbread cookie that’s simple to make, but has the same wow factor as more challenging recipes. These easy German Christmas cookies come out soft, spicy, and glazed to show off their fancy patterns.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Pfeffernüsse Cookies

Pfeffernüsse cookies are popular throughout Germany all season long. The cookies get their flavor from anise extract, cardamon, allspice, nutmeg, globes, molasses, honey — and even ground pepper. Roll the finished product in powdered sugar.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

German Vanilla Crescent Cookies

This recipe for vanillekipferl, or German vanilla crescent cookies, is made with ground nuts and finished with a dusting of vanilla sugar. The crescent shape is pretty and festive, and the soft, nutty cookie melts in your mouth.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Almond Spritz Cookies

Make this take on a classic with a cookie press to create fun and elegant shapes, perfect for a wow-worthy entrance into your group’s cookie exchange.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

German Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Another take on star-shaped sweets, these festive cookies are made by sandwiching Nutella between two hazelnut-flavored stars. Plus, they’re much easier to make than the beauty of the finished product would make you think.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Keto Cinnamon Stars

If you’re looking for a keto-friendly cookie to bake this holiday season, try these cinnamon stars, also known as zimtsterne. Just because they’re low carb doesn’t mean they lack flavor.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

Hausfreunde

In this recipe for hausfreunde, you’ll slather apricot jam onto layers of crispy shortcrust pastry. Dip the whole thing in dark chocolate and garnish with caramelized cashews for an absolutely elegant and crowd-pleasing result.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

German Hazelnut Cookies

These treats have an unmistakable nutty flavor: The chopped hazelnuts on top toast while the cookies (and the hazelnuts inside them) bake, which adds depth to the flavor.

food, 10 delicious german christmas cookies to please any crowd

German Almond Cookies

These soft, oblong icebox cookies are not overpoweringly sweet, and pair perfectly with tea, coffee, or even a Christmas cocktail. Leave time to make ahead: These require eight hours to rest in the fridge.

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