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).

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.

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.

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.

Blitz Torte

Rich orange-flavored pastry cream is sandwiched between layers of meringue-topped yellow cake in this decadent dessert. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 713.

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.

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.

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.

German Spice Cookies (Pfeffernusse)

Rating: 3.46 stars
German for "pepper nut," pfeffernusse cookies are named for the pinch of pepper added to the dough before baking. It joins a quartet of warm spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

German Sausages with Apples, Sauerkraut, and Onion

Rating: 3.04 stars
Use any fully cooked German-style sausage, such as bratwurst, flavored with ginger, nutmeg, and other spices; smoked knockwurst, made with beef or pork; and mild weisswurst, containing cream, lemon, and cardamom.

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.
Rating: Unrated
The best complement to this traditional German pot-roast dish is Perfect Mashed Potatoes.

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.