The Best Christmas Markets in America

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Everyone who has ever visited a Christmas Market in Germany knows how romantic and traditional these markets are. All the markets are held in the center of the town or city and often around the church, castle, dome or cathedral. Such a place would be called the “Marktplatz” as in the past, and of course also as of today, local markets are held throughout the year. Christmas markets are held rain or shine, that means if it snows it is not a reason to close them.
The good thing is that every Christmas Market has a remedy for cold hands and feet: Glühwein or Mulled wine. For almost  one month the Christmas markets or called in German “Christkindl Markets” or “Weihnachtsmärkte”  the center piece of local and national entertainment.
You can buy local Christmas crafts and gifts and enjoy local delicatessen like Thueringer Bratwurst, Schupfnudeln, Reibekuchen and the hot mulled wine or the Feuerzangenbowle – a hot holiday punch. The flavor of gingerbread, roasted almonds, fried bratwurst and potato pancakes is in the air.  That’s the scene in Germany. What about the scene in the USA?

What are the Best Christmas Markets in America?

The most popular and biggest Christmas Market is the one in Chicago.
November 24 – December 24
Visit the website – Christkindlmarket Chicago

The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the largest and most renowned Christmas market in the United States, attracting more than one million visitors annually from the Chicagoland area, across the US, and around the world. This yearly event, which has taken place since 1996, celebrates the city’s friendship with Nuremberg, home to one of Germany’s most famous traditional Christmas markets, with traditional German specialties, music, and decorations. The official grand opening festivities on November 27 even feature the Christkind from Nuremberg. (The market opens beforehand for two “sneek peak” days on November 25-26.)

Part of the Winterland at Gallagher Way – Click here  for details- 
November 17 – December 31
Monday through Thursday: 3 pm – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Special Opening Hours:
Thanksgiving (November 23): 11 am – 4 pm
Christmas Eve (December 24): 11 am – 4 pm
Christmas Day (December 25): CLOSED
December 26 through December 28: 11 am – 9 pm
New Year’s Eve (December 31): 11 am – 4 pm

Saturday Nov 11 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday Nov 12 – 10 am to 4 pm
Historic Harmony Weihnachtsmarkt
Admission includes all-day access to a market, museum, entertainment and horse drawn wagon rides. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Historic Harmony, the local historical society and preservation advocate, and its Harmony Museum operations. For a new antiques show and sale, dealers from throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio have come together in a Weihnachsmarkt first in 2010 to offer hundreds of extraordinary items. This market also includes a Biergarten; hot pretzels; hands-on activities and demonstrations; crafts for kids to make and take home; local spinners and weavers demonstrating time-honored arts; and a quilting program.

Visitors can find out more about Harmony’s history anytime of year by visiting the Harmony Museum. Exhibit rooms in the 200-year-old main museum building, now decorated for the holiday season, are open for self-guided tours. Museum exhibits interpret the area’s history, which includes Harmony’s 1804 founding by freedom-seeking Germans.

Mo, Tue closed – Wed & Thu 4-9pm – Fr & Sat 12-9pm – Sun 12-8pm
Nov 22 (Wed): Noon – 9 pm
Dec 18 (Mon): 4 pm – 9 pm
Dec 19 (Tue): 4 pm – 9pm
Dec 24 (Sun): Noon – 4 pm
Stroll through the market and enjoy delicious German food and beverage offerings from over 20 vendors, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy holiday music performed by artists from around the world.

Friday, Nov 3, 2023 | 5pm-10pm

Saturday, Nov 4, 2023 | 11am-10pm
Sunday, Nov 5, 2023 | 12pm-5pm
Christkindlmarkt Cincinnati
Presented by the Germania Society, this Christmas market celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2009 features crafts, entertainment and traditional food, including full dinners, all under a covered, closed and heated pavilion at Germania Park, as well as free carriage rides.

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December 9

Hartville Heart & Home for the Holiday’s Market
Twelve charming cottages house some 40 vendors – including craftsmen, entertainers and chefs – from Chemnitz, Germany, Akron’s sister city, and feature handcrafted wares, including Moravian stars, Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) arts and crafts, and hand-blown glass ornaments as well as seasonal fare.

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Saturday, December 9th from 10 am-5 pm

Sunday, December 12 pm-4 pm
Christmas Market  Liederkranz-Turner
Celebrate Christmas at the Dayton Christmas market featuring hand-crafted ornaments and gift items, German food and beverages, a Christmas raffle, and concerts by the Dayton Liederkranz children’s, women’s, and men’s choirs.

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Christkindl Market
Held in the Buckhead Village centrally located and accessible from all over the Greater ATL.
Nov 17 – Nov 19 (pre-weekend)
Black Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 24, 2023 (four weeks daily)
Friday – Sunday 11 am to 9 pm
Monday – Thursday 3 pm to 8 pm

There are 14 Christmas markets at different locations in NY.

Union Square Holiday Market (November 25 – December 24)
This Christmas market was initially modeled after European Christmas markets and despite some changes since its original inception it still mirrors its cousins across the Atlantic pretty closely. It is one of the largest Christmas markets in New York and a holiday tradition for any visitor.
November 16 – December 24, 2023
Monday-Friday 11 am – 8 pm / Saturday 10 am – 8 pm / Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

Columbus Circle Holiday Market (November 19 – December 24)
Located at Central Park’s southwest corner, in close proximity to the iconic Wollmann ice skating rink, you will find the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. It’s featuring about 100 booths and this makes this market to the best but also to the largest holiday markets in NYC.
November 28 – December 31, 2023

New York City, NY  – December 4
Zion St. Mark’s
A one-day indoor market held at the Zion St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 339 East 84th Street in New York also features traditional German Lebkuchen, Christstollen, cookies, ornaments, hot beverages, including coffee and Glühwein, and more.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
October 27, 2023 – March, 2024
Monday – Friday 11 am – 8 pm / Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

It started in 2002, the Winter Village in Bryant Park is one of the most festive Christmas markets in NYC. The center of the city is a truly inspiring place to drink in the splendor of winter as you and your loved ones stroll down aisle after aisle of specialty vendors and themed attractions. Winter Village has lots to offer: an ice skating rink with free admission, holiday stands to offer seasonal bites, beverages to refuel, local crafts, jewelry, clothes, and many more cute baubles.

NY – Grand Central Vanderbilt Holiday Fair
November 13 – December 24, 2023
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
Fabulous indoor Christmas markets in NYC at the Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central. It’s a large 1 month-long indoor holiday market that’s perfect for those who prefer to stay snuggled in warmth regardless of outdoor conditions.
More than 1 million shoppers pass through the holiday fair each day. The iconic transport hub is a convenient location for a jolly extravaganza!

— For more Christmas market in NY visit this website which is covering them all —

November 18 – December 24
Christmas Village at Love Park and City Hall
Started in 2008 with some 150,000 visitors and continued again in 2009, Christmas Village is coming back to Philadelphia’s Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall in 2010. Vendors in more than 50 wooden booths and timber houses which form a medieval village will sell European food, sweets and drinks as well as international seasonal holiday gifts, ornaments and high quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights at booths and trees will integrate Dilworth Plaza into the scenery of the illuminated city hall. A central stage will be the place for live performances of local choirs, orchestras and bands. (Opens for a sneak peek on November 25, 2010.)

November 26-28

Leavenworth Bavarian Village
Visitors come back year after year for the famous Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival, held in the “Bavarian Village.” Everyone gathers at dusk to sing Silent Night and witness the lighting of the village as it is transformed into a magical wonderland of lights. Booths with holiday fare and a variety of music and entertainment round out the festival.

November 25 & 26, 2023

December 2 & 3.2023 (varies every year)
Helen, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. Helen invites you to come and do your Christmas shopping in the festive atmosphere of our Alpine Village decorated for the season. Running for 16 yers now.

November 26 – December 12

Festival of Gingerbread
Held at the History Center each year during the holiday season, the annual Festival of Gingerbread features hundreds of gingerbread creations, from those made by area grade school children to master bakers. Weekend activities during the Festival include visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, gingerbread cookie sales and more. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

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November 26 – December 19

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem
This Christmas market, located in Bethlehem’s historic downtown district, is a heartwarming holiday event for the whole family. It features live holiday music, great food, and old St. Nicholas as well as vendors of exquisite handmade gifts by artisans from around the country. Open Thursdays to Sundays. Bethlehem also bills itself as “Christmas City” and features a host of related seasonal events. Weekends Only.

Christkindl Market Denver
November 17 – December 23, 2023
Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm / Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Since 1999, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the city of Denver has held an annual Christkindl Market with a variety of concerts and entertainment as well as vendors selling holiday goodies and gifts.

November 27

Old Tyme Christmas Celebration
Patterned after the historically European tradition of Christmas Markets; holiday crafters, entertainment & wagon rides are just a few of the activities around the village. Featuring a spectacular “Parade of Lights.”

December 2, 2023 to December 3, 2023

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas in Historic Hermann
Enjoy German Christmas traditions at this event featuring food and craft demonstrations, story telling, and a visit from Father Christmas as well as a select group of artists and crafters and a variety of food and entertainment. Two Kristkindl Markt’s are part of the program at the Stone Hill Winery Pavilion (December 4-5) and the Hermannhof Festhalle (December 11-12).

November 27-28

Christkindlmarkt at the Zion Church of the City of Baltimore
At this annual event at the Zion church in the heart of historic Baltimore, shoppers can feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars. Local craftspeople display their handmade snowflakes, Santas and floral arrangements along with commercial importers of smokers and steins. A model train garden is also part of the event.

Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor

Nov 18th – Dec 24th, 2023
12pm – 8pm daily
This Christmas Village is a combination of an outdoor and indoor holiday festival at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. Find in wooden booths traditional European food, sweets and drinks.

November 27

Christmas Market in Cape Coral
The German Christmas Market in Cape Coral (December 3-5)  and the German Christmas Market in Lehigh Acres (TBA) both feature European arts and crafts, holiday decorations, photos with Santa Claus and the “Christkindl”, traditional German food and drink including bratwurst, schnitzel, Glühwein (mulled win) and German beer and a variety of entertainment, including Latin and Country & Western acts. Both markets are organized by the European Business Council of Cape Coral.

December 3-5

The German-American Society of Tulsa creates a winter wonderland which includes many crafters displaying their wares, including booths featuring nutcrackers, smoker-männle, imported Christmas tree ornaments and Germany’s famous Christmas Stollen, as well as Wurst, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), hot apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee. The Christkindl (Christ Child) and St. Nikolaus walk among the booths to the delight of the children, who are also entertained in a special Spielstube, or playroom.

from 10 AM – 5 PM
Dec 1 – Dec 10, 2023 (days vary from year to year)
Admission is $7 per adult, 14 and under are free

Old World Christmas Market
The Osthoff Resort’s annual traditional European Christmas Market, reminiscent of the centuries-old German Christkindlesmarkt, features authentic gifts, toys, ornaments and food specialties from international and regional artisans in timber booths adorned in fresh greens and thousands of twinkling white lights.

There are 14 different Christmas Markets in Austin – check the link below

Christmas Festival
Every December, on the first Saturday of the month, the German-Texan Heritage Society puts on a Christmas festival at the German Free School in Austin, with hand-made crafts items imported from Germany. Shoppers can choose from imported German craft items such as nutcrackers, pyramids, smokers, and arches, plus a variety of other gift items, books, and ornaments. Live performances of German Christmas music take place throughout the day, plus a special visit from St. Nikolaus. Visitors can also browse our used German book selection, enjoy complimentary treats, and sip on some Glühwein.

November 27

Christmas Church Bazaar
A traditional Christmas Bazaar will be held on November 27 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Coral Gables, Florida, featuring arts and crafts, German books, music and DVD’s, childrens’ games and entertainment, traditional Christmas food and drinks and Christmas music.

December 4

Houston Street Market
The Holidays on Houston Street Market will feature a European-inspired Christkindl-style market, complete with a 15-minute drone show synced to holiday tunes. The market is free and open to the public.

Christkindl Market TX
Nov 24 – Dec 23
11 am – 8 pm Daily
The almost 70-year relationship between Arlington and its sister city, Bad Königshofen, inspired the Texas Christkindl Market to commemorate its first magical season in 2011. With several markets all over Europe for the holidays, the Texas Christkindl Market also works with its partner Christmas city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to bring the same wonderful magic and feeling to Texas. Visitors will discover handcrafted gifts and collectibles, including exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village.

Christkindl Market Mifflinburg 
December 9-11
Mifflinburg’s version of an authentic Christmas Market, inspired by the 700-year-old traditional German Christkindl Markt, or Christ Child Market, is a festive event prepared by various churches, organizations, schools, and residents. For three days, Mifflinburg’s Market Street, with its many churches, is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats.

Downtown Christmas Market
November 18 – December 23
12:00PM to 8:00PM   

Another great place to celebrate Christmas is our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. This is a favorite outdoor Christmas market since 16 years.

December 11-12

Weihnachtsmarkt Texas Style
Some 80 vendors will sell German Christmas items, arts and crafts, and more at this seasonal music/street festival and open air market set amid antique shops in the old town area and featuring hay rides and Christmas lights tours. Get into the festive spirit with Christmas musical acts and bands including Das ist Lustig and visit the German Tent featuring a beer garden serving Dunkles Bier (dark beer) and Glühwein (mulled wine). A Kinderfest including bungee-jumping and a petting zoo will provide fun for young visitors. Tomball’s sister city in Germany is Telgte: Tomball Sister City Organization

December 4-5

Coordinated by the Lovettsville German Society, this Christmas market celebrates both the town’s and Loudon County’s more than 250-year-old German heritage. All cultural activities organized by the Lovettsville German Society also aim to strengthen the relationship between Loudon County, VA, and its sister county of Main-Taunus-Kreis near Frankfurt in Germany’s central Hesse state.

First full weekend in December – Fr – Sun
We hosted our first Christmas Market festival on the town square in December 1990. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children’s activities, and other holiday attractions – all set amid the charm of Carlinville’s historic town square and its own special shops.

While it retains its focus on family fun in a romantic, small-town setting, the festival has grown in variety and reputation. The Christmas Market attracted nearly 11,000 visitors in 2010 and generates close to $1 million in local revenue.

Georgetown, Colorado
Georgetown Christmas Market
Dec 9 and Dec 10, 2023
check Facebook for the dates each year, no other website is updated
The Georgetown Christmas Market is the quintessential winter town event, right out of a Christmas movie. No, literally. In the 1980s, John Denver starred in The Christmas Gift, filmed in the snowy streets of historic Georgetown, Colorado. Nestled in the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Georgetown’s quaint Victorian era homes and atmosphere add to its festive charm.

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Christkindl Market

Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2023
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 750-year-old tradition. Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls; enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance and choirs in Yuletide Hall; participate in children’s activities; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European beer.

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German Beef Rouladen – Authentic Recipe

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German Beef Rouladen (or beef rolls) is a very delicious and popular German dish. It is not only popular during the holidays, it is served for Sunday lunches when the whole family and friends get together. They are called in German “Rindsrouladen”.
The German beef Rouladen are filled with bacon, onions, mustard and pickles, and are wrapped in thin sliced beef.

Served with mashed potatoes or Spaetzle and red cabbage, and a glass of red wine makes a delicious German dinner.  You can get German Style pickles from the US brand Kruegermann, many local supermarkets carry the German brand Hengstenberg. You will find German mustard and pickles especially during the Oktoberfest season.  Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Beef Rouladen

(serves 6)
– 1 1/2 pounds flank steak (calculate 1 piece each person; if you can get it from a German butcher already sliced; if not slice it as thin as possible, about 1 cm or 0.5 inches thick)
– Dijon mustard or German style mustard, enough to spread a thin layer on each piece
– 1/2 pound smoked bacon (Speck) cut in thin slice (per slice meat 1 slice speck)
– 4 medium sized onions
– 3-4 pickles (preferably German pickles like from Hengstenberg or Kruegermann)
– 2 1/2 cups water (as needed)
– red wine to taste, about 1/4 cup or more
– 2-3 tsp clarified butter
– 1 celery stalk
– heavy cream or crème fraiche for the gravy
– some dry red wine for the gravy – optional but adds a nice taste
salt, pepper, mild or sweet red pepper (paprika) to taste 

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Cooking Instructions

– Cut the meat in 6 rectangular pieces, 1 cm or 1/2 inches thick, pound the meat if it is too thick.
– Spice them with salt, pepper and red pepper (paprika) on both sides.
– Spread mustard on the spiced side.
– Place one thin sliced bacon stripe on top.
– Chop pickles and onions. The pickles can also be sliced very fine.
– Add onions and pickles on the meat, then roll the slice.

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– Use sewing cotton or metal picks to prevent that they fall apart (don’t forget to remove them before serving).
– Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the rolls from all sides really well.
– Add celery leaves and another onion and quench it with water (or if you like you can use red wine instead).
– Put on the lid and let it  simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours  (the meat should be very tender and might need cook longer, depending on the meat).

Turn Rouladen one time and add more liquid if needed. Important is that the rolls should be always covered with liquid so they won’t get dry.

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Make The Gravy From Scratch

– Place the Rouladen on a plate, cover with a lid or foil, keep warm in the oven while making the gravy.
– Use the liquid with all ingredients, mix it very well, pour through a fine sieve.
– Mix, depending on how much liquid you have, 2-5 tbsp flour or potato/corn starch with a bit of cold water or red wine, add to the beef juice.
– Add some heavy cream or crème fraiche to the liquid.
– Bring gravy to a brief boil. Should the gravy not have thickened, add some more starch.
– Attention: Never use hot water with the starch otherwise it will clump.

If needed add some salt and pepper or 2 table spoon tomato paste (adds a nice darker color).

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If you don’t want to make the gravy from scratch use some instant gravy and stir it up with some cream.
Serve it with mashed potatoes and vegetable (red cabbage or peas/carrots mix) or Spaetzle.
To save time for the next meal, make the double amount and freeze the rest (without the metal picks of course).
Instead using yarn to hold the rouladen together, you can use special rouladen skewers or rings that are available at

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German Sweet Bread with Hazelnut Filling – Nusszopf

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The “Nusszopf” or German sweet bread with a hazelnut filling is a classic German cake or pastry. It is made out of a yeast dough and filled with almonds or hazelnuts, braided. This is an authentic and proven German recipe. To make this German sweet bread you need to have some baking experience. It’s a great addition for the Sunday brunch or for the traditional coffee and cake table Sunday afternoons. Happy Baking!

Ingredients German Sweet Bread

500g flour
30g yeast (fresh) or 1 package dry yeast
1/4l lukewarm milk
80g butter
50g sugar
1 dash salt
zest of ½ organic lemon

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200g marzipan, raw
2 egg white
2 tbsp sugar
150g ground almonds or hazelnuts (or half/half)
2 cl rum
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp water

Baking Instructions German Sweet Bread

– Sieve flour in a bowl, form a mold in the middle, add or crumble yeast and mix with some milk and some flour.
– Let this starter or “pre-dough” raise for 15 minutes (covered with a clean kitchen cloth).
– Melt butter and mix it with sugar, salt, lemon peel, entire flour and starter dough.

Make the Filling
– Mix marzipan with egg whites, sugar, almonds and rum.
– Roll dough to dimensions 50×40 cm or 20 inches x 16 inches and spread filling on top.
– Roll it lengthwise and cut in half, then turn it into a braided bread (Zopf).
– Place it on a baking tray layered with baking paper and let it raise for 15 minutes.
– Pre-heat oven to 200 C or 350 F and bake it for 35 minutes on the lowest level.

Make the Glaze
Mix powdered sugar with lemon juice and water. Spread it over the hot braided bread.

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The Weckman Season

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In many parts of Germany the Weckman season starts with St. Martin’s Day.  What is a “Weckman” you may ask? It’s a figure that is made out of yeast bread with raisin eyes and a smile and/or a clay pipe. Bakeries make them starting around St. Martin’s Day on Nov 11 until  Saint Nicholas Day on the Dec 6th. It’s a lovely tradition that is missed so much!

This sweet bread speciality has many names which depend on the region where it is originated.
Rhineland/Saarland: Weckenmännchen
Southern Germany/Austria: Krampus
Switzerland: Grittibänz or Grättimaa
West Rhineland/Ruhrgebiet: Puhmann or Stutenkerl
Kleve: Klosmann
Eifel: Märtesmann or Piefeklos
Solingen:  Böxepitte
Münsterland: Kiepenkerle
Mönchengladbach: Buggenmann
Bonn:  Hirzemännenchen


The dough is good for 15 sweet buns, 15 raisins buns, 8 Weckmen or 1 sweet braided bread (Zopf).


500 g flour, all purpose, wheat
60 g butter
60 g sugar
7 g salt
35 g fresh yeast (see below) or 1 package active dry yeast
200 ml milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk for glazing

Baking Instructions

– Place flour into a bowl, add warm milk and mix in yeast, mix a bit with flour then let raise for 15 min.
– Add other ingredients and knead until dough is smooth and not sticky.Form to a ball.
– Let dough ball raise for another 20 minutes, covered and at a warm place.
– Knead again on a baking board and form the Weckmen: Use raisins for the eyes and buttons, place them on a baking tray layered with baking paper, let sit for another 20-30 min.
– Beat egg yolk and with a baking brush, brush it all over the dough, the Weckmen or whatever you are baking.
– Preheat oven to 220 C or 350 F and bake for 10-40 minutes (time is depending on what kind of bread you are making).
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– If you want to bake raisins buns mix about 120 g raisins to the dough.
Make the dough the night before. Place dough buns on a baking tray and keep in the fridge, cover it with a moist kitchen cloth. Bake in the morning and enjoy them fresh for breakfast.
– Use the dough as base for a prune or apple cake that will be baked on a deep baking tray.

VIDEO in multiple Languages – How to Make the Weckman

German Christmas Cookies Adventsschnitten

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The season for German Christmas Cookies starts in the  so called “Adventszeit”, the 4 weeks before Christmas. The recipe “Adventsschnitten” or advent cookies is a delicious recipe for this time of the year. The cookies are spiced with cinnamon and cloves, and they pair nicely with a cup of Glühwein (mulled wine) or spiced apple cider. Happy Baking!

Ingredients Adventsschnitten

300g soft butter
5 eggs (medium)
300 g sugar
rum baking essence/flavor  – (see below) to taste
400 g all purpose flour
1 package baking powder Dr Oetker – 0.5oz
5 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
100 g Zitronat (candied lemon) – How to make Zitronat – See below
2 tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves
200 g hazelnuts and 200g ground hazelnuts

250 g powdered sugar
100 ml dark rum
200 g apricot jam
100 g roasted grated hazelnuts or almonds

Baking Instructions

– Mix butter until smooth. Add slowly sugar and baking rum while mixing until you get a smooth dough.
– With mixer on highest level add one egg after the other, mix for about 30 seconds.
– Mix flour with baking powder, cocoa and spices. Combine with the dough (mixer on lowest level), then add ground hazelnuts.
– Finally add Zitronat.
– On a greased baking tray (or parchment paper) spread the dough (area of 40 x 30 cm).
– Place a stripe of aluminum foil in front of the dough so it won’t overflow while baking.
– Spread whole hazelnuts on the entire dough, press them gently into the dough.
– Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C or 325 F, bake for about 30 minutes.

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Add Frosting
Mix powdered sugar with rum and spread it all over the hot cake, let cool off.

Final Steps
Cut cake in cubes.
Spread apricot jam over all edges and roll them in finely grated or chopped hazelnuts or almonds.

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Authentic German Pfeffernusse Recipe for the Holidays

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This is an authentic German Pfeffernusse recipe as you would find in Germany. German Pfeffernusse are traditional Christmas cookies and very popular. You can find them in any bakery or supermarket in Germany. Get some German tradition into your home with this recipe. The ingredient Hirschhornsalz, in English Hartshorn or Ammonium Carbonate, is a traditional Gingerbread (Lebkuchen) ingredient since hundreds of years and was originally taken from deer’s antlers. What is the difference to regular baking powder then? It makes the dough raise but not in height, it makes it wider. Happy Baking!

Ingredients Authentic German Pfeffernusse Recipe

(for about 20 pieces)
125 g honey
50 g sugar
2 tbsp butter
250 g flour, all purpose, unbleached
1/2 tsp Hirschhornsalz (Ammonium Carbonate)
Ammonium Carbonate (Baker’s Ammonia) 2.7 oz
1 egg
2 tsp ginger bread spice – Such as Edora Lebkuchen Spice, 1 package – 0.5oz – see below
1/4 tsp white pepper (point of knife = Messerspitze, that is a tiny amount)
– How to Make Lebkuchen Spice – 
1 dash salt
125 g powdered sugar
1 tbsp rum or natural rum flavor

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Baking Instructions

– Combine butter, honey and sugar, warm it until it has melted.
– Mix flour, egg, Hirschhornsalz and spices, add honey dough and knead it thoroughly with a hand mixer using the kneading hooks or use your hands.
– Form balls out of the dough and bake them on 190 C or 375 F for 12 minutes.
– Bake next portion only for 10 minutes.
– Make the glaze out of powdered sugar and rum and a bit of water by mixing all ingredients well until smooth.
– Spread glaze over the cooled off cookies and let them dry.
– These cookies are hard at the beginning. Keep them at least 2 days in a tin box with a piece of bread or a piece of apple aside; this will make the cookies soft.

If you like you can make  a dark chocolate glaze and spread it on half of the cookies, and have the other half side white.

German Lebkuchen Bites For Holidays and Christmas

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In Germany there is no Christmas without Lebkuchen.  The German Lebkuchen Bites are an alternative to the the regular gingerbread cookies. Important is the Lebkuchen spice that is a must add, like in the USA you add these spices to a pumpkin pie which make a unique taste. Happy Baking!

Ingredients German Lebkuchen Bites

Makes 45 pieces
70 g dark unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate
200 g soft butter
200 g powdered sugar
2 eggs
70 g ground hazelnuts
1 tbsp baking powder, salt
2 tbsp brown rum
2 tbsp Lebkuchen spice or all spice (see below)
How to Make the Lebkuchen Spice –
250 g flour
2 packages cake glaze (in German it’s a so called Kuchenglasur) preferably white but dark one will be ok too; alternatively use white or dark unsweetened baking chocolate – Find the Kuchenglasur here – 
50 g dried unsweetened apricots

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Baking Instructions German Lebkuchen Bites

– Chop chocolate with a knife and melt it by using the double-boiler method.
– Place butter in a big bowl and sieve powdered sugar over it.
– By using a hand mixer mix until bubbly.
– Add eggs, chocolate, hazelnuts, baking powder, pinch of salt, rum and spice,
– Mix until you get a smooth dough.
– Place baking paper on a baking tray and spread the dough evenly on it (about 1,5 cm thick).

– Bake it in preheated oven for 25 minutes on 160 C  or 320 F.
– Remove the tray and let cool off thoroughly.
– With a round cutter cutter cut circles out of the dough; place them on a grid.
– Melt the glaze per instructions.
– Spread it over the bites, then decorate with small apricot pieces when glaze is still wet..

(Source: Essen und Trinken 11/1996)

German Quark Streusel Cake with Fruit

german quark streusel cake with fruit

What about a Quark Streusel Cake with fruit to combine with a cup of German coffee or tea? My favorite German coffee is from Tschibo. This is an authentic and proven German recipe, you just have to make the quark which is not so difficult. There are also alternatives for quark – Curious what it is? Check out our article: Substitutes for Quark – If you cannot get the desired fresh fruit use alternatively frozen or canned fruit. Trader Joes or ALDI carry the sour cherries in the jar. Happy Baking!

Check this out: HOW TO MAKE QUARK
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Ingredients German Quark Streusel Cake

250 g butter
200 g sugar (or less depending on your taste for sweetness)
1 package vanilla sugar – 0.5oz
1 egg
1 dash salt
1 package baking powder – 0.3oz
500 g flour

1 kg quark
200 g sugar
1 package vanilla pudding – 1.5 oz (alternatively corn starch and vanilla extract)
juice of half lemon
1 egg
1 jar sour cherries or other fruit like raspberries or blueberries (fresh, jar or frozen) – 24oz

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Baking Instructions German Quark Streusel Cake

– Melt butter, let cool off.
– Combine all dough ingredients and knead until you get a crumbly dough.
– Keep 1/4 of the dough.
– Layer a high side baking tray (Height 2 inches) with parchment paper.
– Press 3/4 of the dough evenly on the baking tray.

– Pre-heat oven to 375 F (175 C).
– Mix all ingredients – NOT THE FRUIT – for the topping, and spread evenly over the dough.
– Place the fruit on top plus the remaining dough as Streusel (if you use frozen fruit, defrost it first and drain all liquid).
– Bake for 30-35 min on the middle rack.

Make a Streusel Cake with this Baking Mix – So Easy

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