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German Desserts, Sweets & Snacks

How to Make Vanilla Sugar (with Vanilla Beans, Paste or Extract)

Vanilla sugar is a German baking staple. Well, probably a European baking staple, because I’ve seen it all over Europe. It’s super easy to make at home, and I highly recommend giving it a try. I make a jar of vanilla sugar every fall and use it throughout the year. Vanilla sugar makes a lovely …

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Best Authentic German Cheesecake (Käsekuchen)

This German Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake) is made with Quark and has a hint of lemon. One bite and you’ll swear you’re in Germany! There are many variations of German cheesecake. This version is light, fluffy, and has a crust. If you’re looking for a denser cheesecake or a simpler and faster one without a crust, check …

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Quarkbällchen (German Quark Balls with Cinnamon & Sugar)

Served warm and rolled in cinnamon sugar, these German Quark Balls (called Quarkbällchen in German) are lightly crunchy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. They might look like doughnut holes but their taste and texture is different due to the Quark cheese. Perfect for a special holiday breakfast, afternoon snack or …

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German Quark Recipe, Tips for Making Homemade Quark & How to Make Blackberry Dessert Quark

Quark is a healthy, versatile, and super delicious soft cheese popular in Germany and other parts of Europe. Not only can you bake and cook with Quark (mmmm…German Cheesecake), you can eat it for breakfast, enjoy it as a healthy mid-day snack or turn it into a heavenly dessert. Keep reading for my homemade plain …

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German Gebrannte Mandeln (German Cinnamon Roasted Almonds)

These German Gebrannte Mandeln (almonds roasted in cinnamon and sugar) taste just like what you’d find at a German Christmas Market! They’re quick and pretty easy to make on your stove at home. Whether you miss the German Christmas markets or just want to make something new, try these almonds. You’ll love them!  When I …

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German Apple Cake with Streusel Topping

This 3-layer German Apple Streusel Cake is easy, beautiful, and absolutely delicious! If you’ve got apples, you’ve got to make this German cake. Serve with a side of freshly whipped cream. Yum! Apple cake (Apfelkuchen in German) is popular in Germany. You’ll find it in bakeries, cafes, and on kitchen tables for afternoon Kaffee und …

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German Pflaumenmus Recipe (aka Zwetschgenmus or German Plum Butter Recipe)

Got plums? Make German Pflaumenmus (German plum butter)! It’s super easy, an almost totally hands-off cooking process, and you can freeze any leftovers you have – if you have any left! When my friend Marliece (who lived in Germany the same year I did when we were high school students) shared photos of her German …

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German Apfelkuchen (German Apple Custard Cake Recipe)

This authentic German Apfelkuchen (apple cake) recipe features a moist custard cake topped with tender fresh baked apples. Using simple pantry ingredients, this cake is easy to whip up for a spontaneous afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen! I’ve got another delicious German dessert recipe for you! A reader emailed me recently looking for a recipe for …

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Easy Single-Serve No Churn Ice Cream Recipes

If you’re looking for single-serve, no churn, easy 5-minute ice cream recipes you can make in a jar, you’re in the right place! All summer long I’ve been making lots and lots of no churn ice cream. I tried several methods (you can read about my experiments here), and once I figured out the recipe …

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Authentic Bienenstich Kuchen (German Bee Sting Cake Recipe)

If you love honey and almonds, you’ll swoon over German Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich). This traditional German treat has two layers of yeast cake, a vanilla cream filling, and a crunchy gooey honey almond topping. If you’re looking for an easy authentic German dessert that will fly off your cake plate, this is it!

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Easy Nutella Recipe (Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)

  Creamy, chocolatey, and full of toasted hazelnuts, this homemade Nutella is out of this world! You only need a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes to make this amazing chocolate hazelnut spread. Confession: I love Nutella. Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) used to be something I only ate in Germany but nowadays you can easily …

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Lemon Ginger Mint Tea: the Best German Tea I Had in Germany (Plus Christmas Market Photos)

I started drinking tea when I moved to Germany as a teenager, and quickly became a fan of all kinds of German tea. Especially German chamomile and peppermint on cold winter evenings. It seemed like everyone I met in Germany had both in their kitchen cupboards at all times. These days, so do I. But …

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Easy German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln)

German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln) are a Christmas favorite! These no-bake treats couldn’t be easier to make and are perfect to bring to holiday parties, to add to your cookie tray or for delicious post-dinner snacking. You can make chocolate rum balls with or without hazelnuts and adjust the rum flavor to your liking.  Tips for …

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German Christmas Bread (Easy Stollen, Mini Stollen and Stollen Bites Recipe)

Buttery yeast bread with candied zest, sliced almonds, rum-soaked raisins, currants, and dried cranberries (and marzipan if you like it) topped with a buttery layer of powdered sugar – one of the best German Christmas treats!  This is a robust Stollen tutorial. If you want to go right to the recipe, click on “Jump to …

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German Hazelnut Cookies

These easy German hazelnut cookies are delightfully light, buttery cookies packed with flavorful chopped hazelnuts. I always associate cookies with Christmas in Germany. The first year I lived in Hamburg, my German host mom made all kinds of delicious holiday cookies. I was always so happy when she’d bring out a selection of traditional German …

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Easy German Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen)

This easy plum cake is a popular dessert in Germany (it’s called Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen in German). Filled with fresh plums and topped with streusel, it’s the perfect summer treat. To make it extra delicious, serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Do you like plums? Not being a fan of …

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Eiskaffee: The Best Coffee in Germany

When I was an exchange student in Hamburg many years ago, my German host mom introduced me to one of my favorite summertime treats: Eiskaffee (German iced coffee). On the hot summer afternoons I was around the house she’d get this twinkle in her eye and ask me if I’d like a “calorie bomb.” Indeed, …

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