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: 3.5 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 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).

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.

Pork Schnitzel Medallions

Rating: 3 stars 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.

Mustardy German Potato Salad

Rating: 3 stars 43
Thinly sliced bacon and whole-grain Dijon mustard add extra flavor to this new potato salad that's best served warm.

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.

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.

Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad

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

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.

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.

Sausages with Browned Onions

Rating: 3 stars 4
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mini Almond Bundt Cakes
Rating: Unrated 171
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.
Bette's Braised Red Cabbage with Apple
Rating: Unrated 159
This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."
Bee Sting Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars 95

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