These German cookie recipes ("Kekse" or "Plätzchen") are the BEST!
Crispy, crunchy, buttery, rich, soft, chewy, light, or airy. All are easy to make and will satisfy every sweet tooth! Perfect for an afternoon "Kaffeeklatsch" or as a sweet finish to that perfect German dinner.
Looking for the absolute BEST Oatmeal Apricot Cookie? This is definitely it! With almonds and dried apricot bits and, of course, the almond flavoring, you'll think this is divine!
Not your average, everyday-type cookie. Nope! It's special enough for special and easy enough for everyday. Drizzle with almond icing or chocolate icing or BOTH!
Some of these recipes have been modified to make them healthier, less expensive, and faster. Included are cookies that are traditional for holidays, but they are also a treat throughout the year. German Cookie Recipes ... what could be more wunderbar. Quick German recipes at their finest!
Let me tell you about my favorites. I usually make these Almond Bars at Christmas AND when I'm in the hurry to make something very "German-ish".
I'm not really too sure where the original recipe came from, but I've been making them for years and years.
With the added almond flavoring (my way of creating that marvellous marzipan taste), these are so delicious and so pretty to look at as well. A definite KEEPER!
Take, for example, my recipe for gingersnaps. It's a combination from a traditional German recipe and "from another Oma's recipe" -- the resulting cookies are the ones my boys grew up with.
These are cookies your kids will love to help with. My boys enjoyed helping by squishing the dough balls with a fancy cut-crystal glass.
You'll also find international cookies here -- makes a nice mix of flavors and textures on a cookie platter. These are all easy-to-make cookies, so get out your mixer and start baking recipes that are sure to be a hit!
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Anne says, "Just made this last week for my Birthday. I usually add walnut pieces or almond slivers. Can't believe it looks exactly the same as my Mama taught me some 40 years ago, the only thing what we did different, we use a fork to make the ridges in the apples. But they do open up better the way you do it with the knife. And you are right, this recipe never fails :)"
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Thank you for making the recipes easy to follow and see with the beautiful photos. The extra tips and options that you give after each recipe are very helpful. Thanks for the printable recipe cards, too!"
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Joy B: Our family always used white vinegar instead of lemon juice, and added paprika ... but I think I'd like this version better!
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