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.

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 901
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 Spice Cookies (Pfeffernusse)

Rating: 3.5 stars 231
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 Apple Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 297
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).


Rating: 4 stars 15
German stollen is dense bread that is traditionally oblong, like a swaddled baby. In this version, from Martha's mother, the dough is braided, letting icing pool in the loaf's crevices.


Rating: 3.5 stars 151
The German town of Nuremberg has been famous for its lebkuchen since the late 1300s. The soft, cakey cookies are traditionally made with several spices, candied citrus peel, hazelnuts, and almonds.

Cinnamon Stars (Zimtsterne)

Known as zimtsterne in Germany, these festive star-shaped cookies are made from a nut meringue that's rolled and cut, then iced with a mixture of egg white and sugar before baking. Tuck a few into a waxed paper envelope and tie it with a red twine bow for a sweet presentation.

Black Forest Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 58
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 stars 26
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.

Chicken Schnitzel

Rating: 3.5 stars 78
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.

Boiled Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3 stars 32
To make the Woodlands Gingerbread House, use one batch of this dough to make the roof and chimneys, and one batch of Honey-Spice Gingerbread to make the walls. Get the gingerbread house template here.

Bette's Braised Red Cabbage with Apple

Rating: 3 stars 159
This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."

Inspiration and Ideas

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.
Pork Schnitzel Medallions
Rating: Unrated 71
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.