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Christmas - "Frohe Weihnachten!"
November 15, 2011


Newsletter Issue #15 - November 15, 2011


"Frohe Weihnachten!"


I'm veering away from the regional areas of Germany so that we can focus on the next big celebration coming up. Right after Oktoberfest it's time to start thinking about Christmas.

Christmas preparations start mid-November. Many of the baked treats only get better with age. Others can be stored in tins or frozen. That way the time before Christmas can be spent enjoying the season and not in frantic energy in the kitchen.

For a view of Christmas as it is celebrated in Germany, check out German Christmas Recipes and More. You'll discover the how and why of the German Christmas traditions, such as the Advent wreath, the Advent calendar, St. Nicholas Day, and the Gingerbread House.

Since we Germans love to start with the Christmas treats on the 1st Advent, it really does mean starting to bake those goodies now. Check out the ones listed below for starters.

  • Nothing says "Weihnachten" (Christmas) like Lebkuchen. One can call this a "German Gingerbread" cookie. This recipe is so easy because it's made on a cookie sheet, decorated, and then cut out into cookies. Great fun for the kids to help decorate.

  • Another bar cookie, Mandelkekse, (Almond Bar Cookies), is an easy and pretty cookie to make. Again, kids will love to help with this. These store well in a sealed tin. They freeze well too. Very tender. Very tasty.

  • Stollen is another traditional Christmas treat. It's a type of fruit bread, usually made with yeast. This version uses cottage cheese to keep it moist and baking powder to make it quick. This also freezes well.

  • Absolutely not German, but it finds its way onto our Christmas platter because it is so-o-o-o good. On top of that, it's so easy to make. What is it? Skorschnitten or Skor Bar Cookies. You'll love these.

Make some Makronen (macaroons) for Advent. Taste best fresh, but can be stored with an apple wedge (see "Quick Tricks" below) to keep longer than 1 or 2 days.



  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • about 30 hazelnuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In large mixer bowl, beat egg whites and lemon juice until stiff peaks develop.
  • Slowly add sugar, while beating, and continue until you no longer feel sugar crystals when you rub some of the mixture between your fingers.
  • Fold in coconut until mixed.
  • Using a teaspoon, drop batter onto prepared cookie sheets.
  • Press a whole hazelnut on top of each cookie if desired.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, being careful that the cookies do not get brown. If they seem to getting brown, lower the oven temperature slightly.
  • Cool cookies on a cookie rack. Once completely cold, they should be stored in a seal-able container.


  • Use chopped walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts instead of the shredded coconut
  • A mixture of nuts and coconut would be delicious

What's New at
Quick German Recipes?

Check out the following NEW recipes at Quick German Recipes

  • Need an easy dessert? Try Cinnamon Snails. These use frozen puff pastry.

  • Traditional Christmas cookie, the Bethmännchen, uses marzipan to give that great German taste.

  • Try the Kaiserschmarrn for a traditional German breakfast. These "torn" pancakes are easy to make and are great for that Christmas breakfast.

Quick Tricks

  • Need to keep cookies crispy? Let them cool completely before wrapping or putting in a cookie tin with a tight-fitting lid. Keep in a cool place.

  • Need to keep cookies moist? Let them cool completely before placing in cookie tin. Add an apple or lemon wedge, placed on a piece of waxed paper (to keep contact away from cookies). This will keep the cookies moist. Replace fruit after several days to keep it from getting moldy. Keep container in a cool place.

  • Cookies sticking to each other? Cut rounds of waxed paper to put between layers of cookies in the cookie tin.

Any Tricks to Share?
Let your fellow German cooks in on your kitchen tricks by submitting on Kitchen Hints. I'll post it on Quick German Recipes and also include it in the next issue of Quick Fix.

See you next month as we tour another region of Germany!

Gerhild Fulson

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