Languages › German Traditional German Holiday Cookies and Treats Share Flipboard Email Print German History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar By Ingrid Bauer German Language Expert M.A., German Studies, McGill University B.A., German and French Ingrid Bauer, who is fluent in German, has been teaching and tutoring the German language since 1996. She has a teaching degree and an M.A. in German studies. our editorial process Ingrid Bauer Updated October 29, 2018 If you've ever been to Germany or another German-speaking country during the Christmas season, you already know how delicious German cookies and treats can be, many of them steeped in centuries-old traditions. The following is a listing of traditional German cookies and treats that will surely tantalize your tastebuds during the holiday season. Allgauer Butter German Sugar Cookies. Basler Brunsli Basel chocolate balls: a sweet confection made with chocolate, almonds, and hazelnut; a Christmas treat. Basler Leckerli A flat rectangular Swiss-German Christmas Cookie made from honey with a sugar glaze on top. der Baumkuchen Photo@Getty (Mahlow). Lietrally a"tree cake" , so called because of its interior layers which resemble tree rings when cut. It is a labour-intensive and unique cake that is made and baked on a thin spit to which the baker adds layers as the cake is baked das/der Bonbon (-s), die Süssigkeiten (pl.) Candy, sweets. der Eierpunsch Similar but not the same as eggnog. Frankfurter Brenten Photo@Getty (Klink). Frankfurter Brenten are traditional Christmas biscuits from marzipan from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, originating from the Middle Ages. Frankfurter Bethmännchen Traditional puffy Christmas biscuits decorated with three almond slivers on the side. das Gebäck Baked goods, pastry. der Heidesand, die Butterplätzchen Shortbread, butter cookies. die Kekse, Kipferln, Plätzchen Cookies (pl.) das Kipferl (-n) Photo@Getty (Hutschi). Crescent-shaped sweet nutty breads. Particularly the Vanillekipferl is popular during Christmastime in Germany and Austria. The Kipferl is also known as Gipfel Hörnchen . das Kletzenbrot Photo@Wiki (Lizzy). An Alpine rye bread containing dried pears, Kletzen (pear pieces), and various spices. Also called 'Birnenbrot' or 'Hutzenbrot'. das Marzipan (almond paste candy) Marzipan. die Marzipankartoffeln German candy "potatoes" (small round marzipans) given to friends, family and acquaintances during the Advent season. der Lebkuchen Gingerbread. die Linzer Torte Photo@Wiki(Jindrak). A popular Austrian torte with a lattice design on top, filled with a fruit jam. It is named after the city of Linz, Austria and is thought to be the oldest cake in the world. die Linzeraugen Linzer tartlets. die (grosse) Neujahrs-Brezel New Year's pretzel. Neujahrskranz (New Year's wreath) is popular in Nordrhein-Westfalen. It is often given as a gift when visiting close friends and family in the new year. die Nuss (Nüsse pl.) Nut(s) das Pfefferkuchenhaus Gingerbread house. Also called Lebkuchenhaus.When and how the tradition of making gingerbread houses came about is not really known. However, the gingerbread house no doubt gained popularity after the story of Grimm’s Hänsel und Gretel was published in the 19th century. Hänsel und Gretel Hänsel und Gretel verliefen sich im Wald.Es war so finster und auch so bitter kalt.Sie kamen an ein Häuschen von Pfefferkuchen fein.Wer mag der Herr wohl von diesem Häuschen sein?Hu, hu, da schaut eine alte Hexe raus!Lockte die Kinder ins Pfefferkuchenhaus. die Pfeffernüsse Spicy gingerbread cookies. der Schmalzkuchen German donuts. die Springerle/ Anisbrötli Photo@Wiki (Bauerle). Simple, anise-flavored cookies with a picture or design stamped on the top. Designs can be quite intricate. der Stollen/ Christstollen, der Striezel (dial.) Popular Christmas fruit cake/loaf known worldwide, originating from the Middle Ages in Dresden. Each year a stollen festival is held in Dresden where the city bakers produce a 3000 to 4000 kg stollen. It is then served to the general public. der Stutenkerl A sweet bread in the shape of a man with a clay pipe popular during the days leading up to St. Nikolaustag (December 6th). die Weihnachtsplätzchen Generic term for Christmas cookies. der Zimtstern (-e) Star-shaped, cinnamon-flavored Christmastime cookies. A favorite in many German homes during Christmastime.