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Christmas Baking (Weihnachts-Gebäck)

Those of us who love to bake:  we all know that Christmas time is baking time!  In the German cuisine, Christmas baking is equally as important. Here, in our Christmas baking section, we provide information and recipes for many of the traditional Christmas cookies, cakes, and sweets. We've also added a number of sections to help simlify your holiday preparations.

Christmas Cookies Simplified
Homemade Christmas Cookies
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To easily make a variety of Christmas cookies, begin by using our base cookie recipe. Variations are made by (1) cutting or forming different shapes, (2) topping the cookies with different decorations, or (3) by adding just a few extra ingredients.
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Stollen
Stollen
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The Christstollen, or just "Stollen," is a formed cake filled with dried fruits and nuts and covered in powdered sugar. It is available only during Advent and Christmas time. Its shape is supposed to resemble the Christ Child wrapped in a blanket.
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Gugelhupf
Gugelhupf
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The simplicity of the Gugelhupf makes it a favorite cake before and during the Christmas season. It is easy to make, and can be beautifully decorated with glazes, chocolate, marzipan, candied fruits, nuts, etc. This cake is sure to put anyone in the Christmas spirit!  
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Lebkuchen
Lebkuchen
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Lebkuchen, also called Pfefferkuchen, is German gingerbread and is a traditional Christmas cookie. These cookies are usually rectangular or round, they have a sweet, lightly nutty taste, and their aroma is spicy, a bit like nutmeg and allspice.
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Organize Your Holiday Baking
Baking Schedule
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The holiday season can get very hectic.  Use our baking schedule to help you stay organized and on-track with your Christmas baking. Read more >>






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