German Recipes

More than just beers and bratwurst, discover great German recipes including braised red cabbage, sauerbraten, holiday stollen, traditional potato salad, spaetzle, and much more.

Staff Picks

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.32 stars
Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

German Apple Cake

Rating: 3.74 stars
This is a great cake to make if you have extra apples in the house. If you don't have any apples, you can substitute peaches or plums.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Chicken Schnitzel

Rating: 3.29 stars
Schnitzel, the German word for cutlet, is also commonly used to describe meat that has been breaded and fried. These are usually a big hit with the kids.

Mini Almond Bundt Cakes

Rating: 3.26 stars
To make one large Bundt cake instead of six small ones, double this recipe and bake in a 10-inch Bundt pan for 45 to 50 minutes.

Pork Schnitzel Medallions

Rating: 3.17 stars
In this updated version of classic pork schnitzel, thin slices of pork tenderloin are coated in Dijon-mustard-infused eggs before being breaded and fried until golden.

Baked Pork Schnitzel with White-Wine and Lemon Sauce

For the most succulent schnitzel, pound the tenderloin as thin as possible without tearing it. Toasting the panko ensures a golden brown crust without frying.

Bee Sting Cake

Rating: 3.33 stars
This richly layered bee sting cake gets its name (bienenstich, in German) from a honey glaze that's applied to the dough before baking.

Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad

Best served warm, this tangy German-style potato salad teams smoky bacon with earthy caraway seeds.

Sausages with Browned Onions

Swapping out tangy sauerkraut for browned onions turns this savory favorite into a sweeter dish. Serve with applesauce and brown mustard, which are delicious with sausage.

Black Forest Cookies

Rating: 3.98 stars
These rich, chewy cookies were inspired by black forest cake, a classic German dessert that combines chocolate and cherries.

Green Beans and Spaetzle

Rating: 3.19 stars
Spaetzle -- a German dish of tiny noodles -- is often made by forcing dough through thelarge holes of a colander into boiling water;we like to use a potato ricer.

Inspiration and Ideas

German Apple Pancakes

Rating: Unrated
If your family loves pancakes (of course they do!), they're likely to get even more excited about the baked kind that puffs up in the oven.

Apple Skillet Cake

This treat is heavy on apples and light on batter, so it's more like a thin German pancake than a dense cake.

Rote Grutze

Rating: 3.19 stars

This puddinglike German dessert is generally made with fresh red currants as the base. Adding other red fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, and cherries, is common, but if doing so, use them in place of the second pound of currants in step 2. This dessert is also nice topped with creme anglaise instead of whipped cream.